Propane Safety Tips
- • Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating, even during a power outage.
• Never leave a gas grill or stove unattended while in use.
• Allow your appliances to vent properly and keep outdoor vents, chimneys and flues clear of any debris.
• Keep the path to your propane tank clear.
• Always maintain an adequate supply of propane in your tank for emergencies. Delivery may be delayed in cases of extreme weather or high demand.
• Know how to determine how much gas is in your tank by multiplying the percentage shown on the gauge by the size of the tank. For Example: If the gauge reads 20% on a 500 gallon tank; multiply 20% x 500 to determine the number of gallons in the tank. (0.20 x 500 = 100 gallons of gas in the tank)
• Consider installing Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors on every level of your home.
• Always have gas appliances installed by a licensed gas installer.
**A list of licensed gas installers is available upon request in our office located at 25 N. Lafayette Ave.
If You Smell Gas:
• Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
• Do not operate light switches, appliances, landline telephones, or cellphones.
• Get everyone away from the home or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
• If it is safe to do so, close or shut off the main gas supply valve by turning it to the right (clockwise).
• Call BEA immediately (731-772-8845) from a safe place to report the leak.
• Do not return to the area until a BEA serviceman or qualified service technician gives the OK.
**BEA will check for CO and look for the source free of charge if you suspect a gas leak in your home.
Please be aware that if it has been more than one year since propane has been used at a residence, BEA requires the occupant to have their gas lines inspected (pressure tested) by the county. The lines must pass inspection and be tagged by the inspector before we will fill the tank with propane.
For more information on how to obtain a pressure test, please contact BEA at 731-772-8845.