Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas, which if inhaled excessively, can result in brain damage or death. High levels of the gas also result in symptoms of dizziness, flu-like symptoms, headaches, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue. Be sure that your propane gas tank is working effectively without any sign of leaking. Note that elderly people, young children and people on medication are more susceptible to CO poisoning and should be kept away from CO fumes.
Reduce Risk Of Propane Poisoning
You can reduce the risk of propane CO poisoning by making sure that all appliances including the propane gas tank and related venting systems are checked annually before the heating season begins. You should also examine your carbon monoxide detectors to make sure their alarm systems are in good working condition. Each level of your home should be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector. Remember not to use propane or charcoal grills to cook any food inside your home.
Propane Gas Odor In Your Home
In the event you smell gas inside your home, do not operate any appliances, lights, cell phones, or telephones. Sparks and flames emanating from these battery-driven sources could trigger a fiery explosion. Gather everyone in your house together and leave the house for safety. Once everyone is safe and away from the propane tank, go back and try to safely turn off the tank's main supply valve. Do that by turning the valve to the right. Call your propane retailer or better yet call your local fire department using the 911 emergency number if you're not sure what to do.
Do not make the call from inside your home. You can borrow a neighbor's phone to make that phone call. If you've recently bought your propane appliances, be sure to have the retailer or a qualified technician check the entire system for any leaks.
You know how hurricanes can be dangerous. You may have to make quick decisions and evacuate to safer areas. Keep tuned in to instructions delivered via radio and television media stations. As always, it's best to shut down your propane gas system whether you're leaving your house or staying put.
There is other safety advice that you should abide by, which is related to your propane system. Never take it upon yourself to repair or modify valves on the system. Qualified technicians are skilled in making modifications when there is a necessity to do so. Do not ask anyone else to make any repairs or adjustments to your propane system.