If you are moving into or purchasing your first house with gas lines, you need to know how to stay safe in the presence of propane. Here are a few propane safety tips that you need to know if you have gas lines in your home.
#1 Know Where Your Gas Lines Are Located
The first thing that you need to find out is where your gas lines are located. You need to know where they are within your home, and where they are buried outside of your home. If the previous owner cannot provide you with this information, call your gas company.
Your gas company should be able to send someone out to your property to show you where the gas lines are located. They should also be able to provide you with a map that shows where they are buried on your property as well.
You need to know where your gas lines are located so you don't hit and break them while doing a construction project inside your house or while doing a landscaping project outside of your house.
#2 Learn How To Turn Off Your Gas
Next, you need to know how to turn off your gas lines. There should be a control panel or lever where your gas lines enter your home where you can turn off your gas. Generally, you just need to turn the lever to the off position. If you are not sure or cannot find where you can manually control your gas lines, call up your gas company and have them send out a technician who can show you how.
In addition to the main control lever, you should also be able to turn off the gas at each gas outlet in your house. For example, if your stove uses propane gas, it should also have a lever so you can either open or close the gas line. Make sure that you know where each of these levers are at in your home and make sure that you know how to operate them.
That way, if you ever need to turn off your gas, you know where and how to do it.
#3 Install Gas Monitors
Finally, if your home uses gas as a heating source or as a cooking source, you need to install CO2 monitors in your home. They should be installed near the source of the gas in your home, and in the rooms surrounding the source of gas as well.
CO2 monitors will go off and start beeping if they detect that the CO2 levels in your home are too high. This will allow you time to turn off the gas and get safely out of your home in the event of a gas leak.
Without CO2 monitors, it is possible to not notice a gas leak. If a gas leak persists for too long in an enclosed environment, that can be deadly.
As a new homeowner with a gas line, make sure that you know where they are located, how to operate them and how to stay safe in your home while using your gas line. If you need additional information, contact a company such as Mills Fuel Service Inc.