Propane Safety for Southern Berkshire County, MA Homeowners & Residents

Whether you own or rent your Southern Berkshire County home, it’s up to you to keep it warm with safe and affordable fuel from a trusted local provider. Kimball Fuel strives to do everything we can to keep our customers safe, which is why we’re providing you with important propane safety information to help you proactively stay on top of best practices when it comes to your heating fuel. Don’t forget, if you ever smell the scent of propane, follow the steps below and call us after leaving your home: (413) 528-1410.

What to Do if You Smell Propane Gas

  1. Be familiar with the scent of propane. It is typically described as having the scent of a skunk, a rotten egg, or a dead animal. Know that the odorant added to propane can diminish over time.
  2. Extinguish all flames and sparks. Do not activate any electronics, including lights or phones.
  3. Evacuate the area with all family members and pets.
  4. If it’s safe to do so, shut the propane tank off by turning the valve clockwise until it stops.
  5. Report the leak to Kimball Fuel, your local fire department, or 911.
  6. Do not return to the area until a propane expert tells you it’s safe to do so.
  7. Get your propane system checked before attempting to use your propane appliances again.

Preventative Propane Safety

The best way to deal with a propane leak is not to have one at all. Use these proactive propane safety tips to significantly reduce the risk of a gas leak and unnecessary stress in your home.

Understand Your Propane Tank

It is very important to familiarize yourself with the general functions of your propane tank. Know how to read your tank gauge and turn off your gas supply. Regularly monitoring your propane tank levels will help avoid the risk of running out of fuel, which can cause costly damage and serious safety hazards.

Educate Your Family Members

Make sure all members of your household and family understand propane safety precautions. This includes proper storage means, like keeping flammable items clear from your heating system, and proper handling of propane cylinders, like your barbecue tank. Never store propane cylinders in an enclosed building. Establish an evacuation plan with your family, including clear instructions and a meeting point to keep everyone safe in the event of a leak.

Care for Your Appliances

Schedule regular maintenance from the propane experts at Kimball Fuel for your heating system and propane-powered appliances. This will promote safe, unobstructed operation and improve your annual fuel efficiency, saving you money on LPG. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the flame in your gas stove. If it burns yellow instead of blue, that can indicate an issue with your burner.