Propane Safety

Propane Safety

Know how to keep your home and loved ones safe with the following information and tips

Miami Gas is a propane company with a great safety record. We are dedicated to maintaining high safety standards with our team of professional propane delivery drivers and service technicians.

We uphold high propane industry standards and adhere to strict government regulations, ensuring that our long history of safety associated with propane continues. Because of this committment to safety, we are sharing information on how to safely use propane in your Miami area home.

Safety tips

One common question we get asked is, “Does propane go bad?” We’re here to assure you that, unlike gasoline or diesel, propane does not go bad. This is what makes it the optimal fuel choice for your home’s standby generator. When you need your generator, your propane supply will safely operate it.

Propane is normally odorless in its natural form. However, propane manufacturers add a pungent odorant that gives off a smell resembling that of a rotten egg or a skunk’s spray to help identify leaks and make it easier for consumers to detect them.

You can increase your safety by installing a propane gas detector. This is an especially good thing to do if you have someone living in your household with a diminished sense of smell, which is common in smokers and the elderly as well as people with long COVID-19 symptoms.

It’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors and propane gas detectors in your home, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember, carbon monoxide detectors can’t detect propane gas and vice versa.

If your propane appliances are functioning properly, you should see a blue flame. However, if you notice yellow flames or excessive soot buildup, it could indicate incomplete burning of gas and lead to the production of carbon monoxide. In this case, please contact Miami Gas and your appliance service technician.

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It is important to never use portable generators or outdoor propane appliances like grills, indoors or in enclosed spaces like garages or sunporches. Additionally, it is not safe to use your propane range for anything other than cooking, including as a heating source.

Practice propane tank safety. Every adult in your home should know how to close the gas shutoff valve on the home’s propane tank. If you don’t, contact us and we’d be happy to teach you.

It is important to regularly check your appliance’s vents for any obstructions that may prevent combustion gases from exiting into the outdoors. Nests built by insects, birds and small animals are common obstructions found in vent pipes. To prevent damage, gently remove any obstructions using a broom or soft brush.

I smell gas. What should I do?

If you detect the skunky, rotten-egg odor of propane gas, follow these instructions to ensure the safety of people and property:

Would you like to expand your knowledge of propane safety tips? The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) created several informative videos covering topics such as propane tank safety, the proper handling and use of propane BBQ grill cylinders and more to help you become more knowledgeable about propane safety.

You can trust Miami Gas with safe propane delivery, propane tank installation and propane appliance installation and service. Become a customer today!