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Propane Safety Tips & Information

Protecting your home—and your loved ones—by understanding the basics of propane safety and best practices.

Because Junction Fuels is a locally operated propane delivery company, our customers here in Eastern Vermont are our neighbors. That makes us committed to providing propane delivery and propane equipment and service that meet the highest safety standards.

We also want to protect you, our neighbors, by teaching you all about using propane safely so that you can enjoy it without worry.

What should I do if I smell gas?

When it comes to safety, propane has a very good record. Strong regulations at the local, state and federal levels, combined with the stringent standards of the propane industry, all of which are upheld by Junction Fuels, mean you can be sure your propane is delivered and stored as safely as possible.

Even with all of those high standards, you still need to know what to do if you smell gas so that you can protect your family and your home. The steps we detail below are necessary for protecting lives and property, which is why they have to be taken as soon as you smell gas.

  • Extinguish any sources of ignition, like candles or cigarettes.
  • Get everyone out of the house RIGHT AWAY.
  • Don’t use any light switches, thermostats, appliances or telephones in the house or outside it until you are a safe distance away from where you smelled gas.
  • Close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder if you can safely get to it.
  • Once you’re a safe distance away from where you smelled gas, call 911 and Junction Fuels.
  • Stay away, and don’t try to turn on the propane supply valve, even if you don’t smell gas anymore. Let the emergency personnel and propane service technicians do their job of checking for escaped propane, making any needed repairs, carefully inspecting all gas appliances and relighting all pilots.
  • Don’t return until emergency personnel or a service technician gives you the OK to do so.

Want to learn more about propane safety? The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has created videos to help you learn all about propane tank safety!

Junction Fuels is here for you if you want to learn more about propane safety. Contact us and we’ll be glad to help.