This module provides basic information about propane safety during power outages. Following these instructions will help ensure the safety of you and your family.
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Know what propane smells like. It has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk's spray or a dead animal.
Know how and where to turn off the propane. This includes your outdoor tank and your appliances inside. For help, contact your propane provider.
If a power outage occurs, use a battery-powered radio to listen for instructions from local authorities.
It is a good idea to turn off any lights and appliances that were operating before the outage occurred. This will reduce the risk of a power surge once the electricity returns. (You can leave at least one light on, so you will know when the power has returned.)
During an extended power outage, you may choose to use a portable generator.
NEVER use a portable generator indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
To help reduce the potential for injury or death, you should follow these safety rules at all times:
A power outage can cause appliances, such as a refrigerator or freezer, to leak water. It can also cause a sump pump to stop working. If propane appliances get wet, this is a potentially dangerous situation. To help reduce the potential for injury or death, you should follow these safety rules at all times:
If you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment, or vehicles have been under water or damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply:
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Read each statement below. Decide if the statement is true or false.
|It’s a good idea to install carbon monoxide and propane gas detectors in your home.|
|If your power goes out, you should turn off most of the lights and appliances that were operating before the outage occurred.|
|If you think the power will be out for a long time, you should operate your portable generator in the garage or house.|
|If you need to turn off your propane, turn the main gas supply valve on your propane tank to the right (clockwise).|
|If your propane appliances get wet, you should dry them off with a towel before using them.|