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Propane Gas Maintenance and Safety Tips

Propane is a naturally safe energy source that provides many benefits that ensure worry-free comfort. It has an enviable safety record and history due to the strict regulations and stringent codes developed by the propane industry in association with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Every aspect of installation, storage and tank filling has been evaluated to ensure the highest standards of safety and worry-free operation.

We encourage you and your traveling companions to learn how to properly operate propane gas appliances and to become familiar with safety precautions. It also is important that you operate and maintain your propane gas equipment in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions.

What is a GAS Check?

A gas safety check is required by law. It is primarily designed to inspect any gas appliances (i.e Furnace(s), Cooktop(s), Water Heater(s), Fireplace(s), Grill(s), etc) to ensure they are working correctly and safely. A Gas Check is to be performed by a certified technician and they will perform a leak test that will check for any leak from the tank to each control of every gas appliance. It takes only 30-60 minutes and will assure you that all your appliances and your entire system is operating properly.

Why You Need a GAS Check

Chances are you use propane because your RV came equipped with it, not just because you like its convenience and efficiency. Nevertheless, you should know that with those benefits comes a responsibility to make sure that you get that extra measure of safety with a GAS Check.

Propane Dryer

  • Follow manufacturer's installation and operating instructions.
  • Be sure that your dryers vent is unobstructed.
  • Clean lint screen after each use.
  • Clean exhaust duct periodically.
  • Check outside vent periodically and make sure it opens and closes freely.
  • Never run your dryer when not at home.

Propane Furnace

  • Follow manufacturer's installation and operating instructions.
  • Have your furnace and venting inspected annually by your authorized heating dealer; insects may have built nests which obstruct flow.
  • Change your furnace filters regularly.
  • At the first indication of incomplete combustion (yellow flame instead of blue, or soot present), contact a service technician immediately. Improper combustion can cause carbon monoxide buildup, which is potentially fatal!

Propane Range

  • Follow manufacturer's installation and operating instructions.
  • Burner flame should be a blue color, indicating complete combustion. If not, have your unit serviced by a qualified technician.
  • Do not cover oven bottom with foil - it can restrict air circulation.
  • Never use gas ranges or ovens for heating purposes.
  • Always keep pot handles turned inward.
  • Be sure children understand never to turn knobs on the front of your propane gas range.

Propane Grill

  • Follow manufacturer's installation, maintenance and operating instructions.
  • Clean the grate and grill regularly.
  • Keep grill lid open when lighting.
  • Change lava rocks periodically as recommended by the manufacturer.

Propane Space Heater

  • Follow the manufacturer's installation and operating instructions.
  • Ignite match or lighter and hold over burner before turning on gas.
  • As with furnaces and water heaters, at the first indication of incomplete combustion (yellow flame instead of blue, or soot present), call a service technician immediately, for improper combustion may cause carbon monoxide buildup, a toxic, colorless, odorless gas, which is potentially fatal!

Propane Water Heater

  • Buy a unit equipped with a temperature and pressure relief valve.
  • Maintain setting at no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the chance of hot water scalding.
  • Keep flammable substances away from the water heater and do not store things close to it. This practice may block the air-flow which the heater needs to operate correctly.
  • At the first indication of incomplete combustion (yellow flame instead of blue, or soot present), call a service technician immediately. Improper combustion can cause carbon monoxide buildup which is potentially fatal!

Propane Lanterns

  • Follow all manufacturer's installation and operating instructions.
  • Clean glass as needed with a soft cloth and soapy water.
  • Replace worn or broken mantles as needed.