Propane is great for many different uses. However, people need to be safe when dealing with it.
PASO ROBLES, Calif. (PRWEB) April 05, 2018
Millions of people fire up their propane-fueled grills every weekend or cook on propane fueled camp stoves. Propane torches are popular for crafts and art, such as making some kinds of jewelry and metalsmithing. Farmers, ranchers and small acreage owners use propane tanks to fuel tractors and other equipment.
Safety tips for small scale propane tank users
Propane is great for many different uses. However, people need to be safe when dealing with it. Propane is flammable and can be very dangerous if not handled properly. With that in mind, Wildhorse propane, supplier of propane to Paso Robles and the Central Coast has a few safety tips for propane users to reduce the chance of accidents or emergencies.
Know which tank to use and how to use it
If people are using propane, they should make sure they know which kind of propane bottle or tank to use and how it works with their appliances or equipment.
A propane tank designed to fuel farm equipment is not the appropriate choice for a camp stove. A small tank for a barbecue grill might be appropriate for a metalsmith working with a jeweler’s torch. If the propane tank supplying the home is empty, don’t hook up a smaller tank to the kitchen stove.
The connection needs to be tight and just because a person has used one appliance with propane, doesn’t mean they will know how to use them all. Also, certain appliances should only be used outside such as propane gas BBQ grills and appliances should only be used for their designed purpose.
Know how to connect, disconnect and use any regulators that may be attached to the tank. Anyone with questions about connecting a propane tank is welcome to call the propane Paso Robles supplier for help.
Know the smell of propane
Leaks can occur when dealing with propane. Ignoring a leak can lead is hazardous. Make sure everyone in the household or working around propane can identify the smell of a leak. Keep fire extinguishers on hand and accessible.
Propane has a very strong and nasty smell, similar to rotten eggs or a dead animal. As a result, it is fairly hard to miss. Immediately shut off the propane flow at the tank.
Replace faulty tanks or those suspected of being faulty.
Transport and store tanks correctly
When transporting propane tanks, it is important to keep them upright and secure. The valve of the tank should also be closed and it couldn’t hurt for car windows to be open when transporting them as well. Store tanks out of the sun, away from heat sources and in well-ventilated areas.
Propane tanks have a long shelf life, but they should still be inspected before use.
Testing for leaks
It’s a good idea to test for leaks once the tank or bottle has been connected. Three ways to test for leaks are:
Sniff—propane smells like rotten eggs. Immediately turn off the tank.
Check for bubbles—use a thick soapy solution or special leak detector solution. Apply the solution around the tank connections and the connections to the appliance. If it bubbles, turn off the tank.
Use a propane gas detector—A propane gas detector is the most reliable method for detecting a leak. However, a gas detector may not be as effective outdoors.
Know emergency procedures
Propane appliances usually come with directions, precautions and emergency procedures. Know these procedures before connecting a propane bottle or tank.
If in doubt about the instructions that come with the appliance, contact the Paso Robles propane experts at Wildhorse Propane.
Wildhorse Propane & Appliance
50557 Wildhorse Road
King City CA, 93930
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