Gas companies add a "rotten egg" smell that usually can be easily detected when gas leaks. If you smell natural gas or suspect a gas leak, it is important to act quickly:
To help prevent gas leaks, it is important to make sure your gas appliances are properly installed and vented, and kept clean and in good working order. Annual inspections by one of our qualified technicians is also recommended. To reduce a chance of fire, be sure to keep all combustible materials away from furnaces, water heaters, ranges or other gas appliances.
For additional peace of mind, an easy-to-install home gas detector unit can be purchased for about $50. Typical gas detectors will identify methane and propane gas. A separate detector is needed for carbon monoxide (approximately $50). Gas detectors are especially recommended for the elderly or anyone with a diminished sense of smell.
Propane is a clean burning natural resource used by millions of people, businesses and farms on a daily basis and when used properly, propane is one of the safest sources of energy available today.
There's a first time for everything and some people buy or rent a home that has a big propane tank in the backyard and they have no idea what to do. In truth, it's almost exactly like natural gas or electric power with one major difference, propane is delivered to you by a person, in a tank truck. Just view it as the gas company representative paying you a visit to check on everything and make sure your energy supply is adequate and your gas system is functioning properly. The first thing you should do is learn a little bit about propane.
Propane companies may ask that someone be home if it's the first time to deliver. Although it may be an inconvenience, it is strictly for the protection of your property and should be viewed as such. It will also help the homeowner acquaint themselves with the company representative as well as provide the driver with any direction they may need for future deliveries. Be sure to inform your driver of the following situations:
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