Never Disconnect a Propane Line
Disconnecting propane lines for the purpose of “bleeding” or purging air from them is potentially dangerous and must only be done by trained technicians.
a) “I Think I Smell Gas”.
In its natural state, propane is colourless and odourless. As a safety precaution, an odourant is added which gives propane a distinct, noticeable odour. It’s a built-in safety signal.
Be alert for propane odour in areas where propane is used. Even a faint odour may indicate a potentially hazardous situation. If you suspect a propane leak, follow these procedures.
A “Scratch & Sniff” brochure is available that will help you recognize the scent which is added to propane. This brochure is available to you at no cost - contact your Sparlings Branch.
Sparlings recommends you have a home safety drill with all members of your family and an appropriate safety drill with people in your workplace.b) “I Don't Smell Gas...”
Relighting Pilot Lights
We strongly recommend that a Sparlings technician, or another qualified propane technician, light your pilot lights. However, if you choose to light your own appliances, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Properly Store Combustible Materials
Keep combustible materials, like gasoline, kerosene and cleaners, away from propane appliances - preferably outside.
Have your propane system and appliances inspected periodically by a qualified propane technician.
Stay out of areas where you suspect a gas leak. If you are in such an area, leave immediately, call Sparlings - and stay out of the area until the problem is corrected.
Permit only properly trained, qualified propane technicians service your appliances or propane system.
Repeated Pilot Outages
Pilot lights which repeatedly go out may indicate a hazardous condition. Contact your Sparlings Branch for Service.
Do Not Tamper
Do not tamper with, or use tools to operate, tank or appliance controls. If a control appears difficult to operate by hand, call a qualified propane technician immediately.
Propane requires a large volume of air to burn properly. Proper ventilation is essential. Read More.
Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions
To ensure safe installation, operation and maintenance of your appliances, always read and follow manufacturer's instructions.
Store Propane Outside
Store your propane cylinders outdoors. Period.
Transport Propane Safely - Part 1
One of many great advantages of propane is its portability. Remember to securely transport (and store) propane cylinders in an upright position.
Transport Propane Safely - Part 2
Avoid transporting propane cylinders in the passenger compartment of any vehicle - or without closing and securing the service valve.
Transport Propane Safely - Part 3
Never keep a propane cylinder inside a car or van, or in the trunk of a car. Heat may cause the pressure relief valve to open and release propane.
New Home Inspection
When you move into a new home, have a qualified propane technician inspect the entire propane system. At Sparlings, this inspection service is called a Gas Appliance System Check, or GASCheck®. Read More.
After a Snow Storm
For those in the path of winter storms and who depend on propane to heat your homes, cook your meals and fuels your commercial equipment, the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) recommends these Safety Tips to follow when removing snow from around propane tanks and equipment in your yard.
After a Flood
If your appliances have been flooded, have them inspected by a qualified propane technician before using again.
Make sure only approved piping, valves and fittings are used in your piping system.
Intentional misuse by deliberately concentration and inhaling propane can be harmful and fatal.