Happy March! Unfortunately, winter isn’t over yet…we still have cold weather and the potential for more snow & ice ahead. To heat our homes and offices, propane is a popular and clean fuel to use. However, propane also has some inherently hazardous properties. Did you know that propane is heavier than air? And, it is highly flammable? When propane leaks, it pools on the floor and looks for an ignition sources…a pilot light, an electrical outlet etc.
An odorizer (ethyl mercaptan) is added to propane so that people can smell the gas and detect a leak. Instead of trusting our noses, inexpensive fixed gas detectors are available at the local stores for use 24 hours/7 days/week. It is a much better alternative to our nose! Another suggestion is to regularly inspect your fuel lines. The accumulation of snow and ice can also compromise external fuel lines so it is just one more things to be aware of. Enjoy the rest of winter and stay warm & safe!