Whether you are aware of it or not, propane is most likely fueling a large majority of the appliances you have and use around your New York, Connecticut or Western Massachusetts home or business. That is because propane is incredibly versatile in both residential and commercial settings and used for very common things like heat, cooking and heating water.
There are many benefits to using propane in either your home or business, one of which is the fact that propane is a very safe fuel. However, just because it is safe does not mean all precautions can be thrown out the window. It is important to know how to use the fuel in a safe and smart manner. To be more specific, anyone who uses propane should know how to detect a propane leak and should know what action to take in the event of a leak. In fact, safety instructions should be reviewed throughout a household on a regular basis.
When propane is being produced, a strong odorant, which is usually ethyl mercaptan, is added to the fuel. This causes propane to smell like rotten eggs. That rotten egg smell signals a propane leak.
In addition to being aware of any rotten egg like smells, it is also advised to install propane gas detectors throughout your house. These devices will detect a propane leak in the event that your nose doesn’t, which can happen if you have a cold, allergies or if the ethyl mercaptan’s concentration has been reduced due to water, rust or air inside a propane tank.
If you suspect that your propane is leaking, we suggest you take the following precautions:
One of the many benefits of propane is that, even in the event of a leak, the fuel doesn’t cause any harm to the environment. Propane that has leaked simply dissipates, which means no damage is done to air, soil water, plants or water-based organisms.
If you’re in certain areas of New York, Connecticut or Massachusetts, Hocon is here to help you stay safe while using propane throughout your home or commercial business. Additionally, we are able to provide propane delivery at a competitive price as well as appliance repairs.
Contact us today to learn more about propane safety and our propane services.