Home Safety

In case of an emergency dial 911.

Propane Safety  |  Fuel Oil Safety  |  Carbon Monoxide Safety


Propane Gas Safety

• Propane leaks smell like rotten eggs. Educate your family so they may recognized
the smell. If you smell a leak, evacuate the premises, and contact your local fire
department, or propane supplier. When leaving the premises, do not alter any
electrical outlets or light switches. Propane leak detectors are available at your
local hardware stores.

• Know the layout of your gas services lines, especially if you are doing any type
of landscaping or renovations.

• If you suspect your gas appliance has been damaged by water or flooding, have
a trained technician come out and service your system.

• All furnaces should be cleaned regularly.

• In case of sediment buildup in your propane fueled water heater, drain your
tank until water runs clean.

• Have your range serviced if the flames are not blue. Yellow flames indicate blockage to the air inlets, or an adjustment may be need to the burner. Also, do not line your range with tin foil; it constricts air circulation.

• Never use a gas range or grill to heat your home.


Fuel Oil Safety

These days, fuel oil heat is not only cost effective and clean, it is the safest source of
heat available. Fuel oil will not burn in a liquid state; if you were to drop a match into oil,
it would extinguish as if it were dropped in water.

The most common problems that can occur with a fuel oil heating are:

• Fumes: If you smell oil, it generally means your system requires maintenance. The fumes are not dangerous, but do usually signal a crack or misalignment in your oil burner, please be sure to call for service.

• Sooty Wall: If you notice soot around a heating vent it can be a sign of internal problems with your system that need repair.

• Oil Tank Safety
Residential oil tanks usually rust from the inside out, so signs of aging are not visible.
Tanks that are 15 years old or more have a dramatically higher rate of rusting.
For additional information on oil tank protection click here.

• Oil Tank Leaks or Spills
If an oil leak or spill occurs, turn off the furnace, baseboard heaters, fans, etc.  To stop
or contain the leak use something absorbent—rags, newspapers, peat moss, kitty litter, towels. Don’t  flush oil into a drain, toilet or place in a ditch. Proper disposal at an EPA approved land­fill is required. Call for service immediately.

The best way to ensure that your fuel oil heating system is running efficiently and safely
is to have annual maintenance and inspections performed.


Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Click here for CO Safety Information.


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