Central Coast Propane is happy to provide the following safety information for our customers. Please read the safety information in its entirety. Download a copy.
Important Safety Information
If you smell gas in your house, camper, RV, workplace or around any gas equipment…
1. Put out smoking materials and other open flames.
2. Do Not:
- Operate electric switches
- Light matches
- Use your phone
Any spark in the area where propane gas is present may ignite the gas. This could include the spark in the light switch, telephone, appliance motor, and even static electricity from walking across a room.
3. Get everyone out of the building, vehicle, trailer or area.
DO THAT IMMEDIATELY
4. Close all gas tank or cylinder supply valves.
5. Use your neighbor’s phone and call a trained LP Gas service person and the fire department. Even though you may not continue to smell gas, do not turn on the gas again. Do not re-enter the building, vehicle, trailer or area.
6. Have properly trained LP Gas service people repair the leak, and check and re-light all of your gas appliances for you.
No Odor Detected - "ODOR FADE"
Under some of the following conditions, you may not smell a gas leak…so we recommend you install a propane gas detector(s) in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
- Some people (especially the elderly) are unable to detect the smell of gas.
- Colds, allergies, sinus congestion, and the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, may diminish your sense of smell.
- Cooking odors or other strong odors can cover-up the smell of gas.
- On rare occasions, propane gas may lose its distinctive odor—this is called “odor fade”. Air, water, and rust in a propane tank or cylinder may weaken the gas odor, especially if the valves were left open after the container has been emptied.
- Sometimes propane gas loses its odor if a leak occurs underground.
WARNING: CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER, BITH DEFECTS, OR OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM ARE CREATED BY COMBUSTION OF PROPANE.
Safe Grilling Tips
Read and follow all the grill manufacturer's instructions before turning on and lighting the grill. Keep the top open when lighting a propane grill, and don't close it until you are sure grill is lit.
Start with a hot grill. When you place meat on the grill, it should sizzle. Searing meat locks in the juices and flavor and helps keep meat from sticking to the grill. Turn the grill on as high as possible, then place the meat on the grate, close the lid, and sear one side for 3 to 4 minutes. Then, reduce heat to medium for the remainder of the cooking time.
When you're finished cooking, remove the meat from the grill, put it on a clean plate, and let it rest for several minutes. Tent the clean plate loosely with foil to keep the meat warm. Letting cooked meat rest allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat so they don't escape after it is cut.
Turn off the burner control and close the cylinder valve. When a grill is not in use for extended periods of time, cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep them clean.
Properly transport and store gas cylinders. When refilling or replacing a propane cylinder, transport in a secure, upright (vertical) position in a well-ventilated area in your vehicle, and take it home immediately. Always use or store cylinders in a secure and upright position outdoors (not in a garage or shed).
- Follow the grill manufacturer's instructions and keep written materials handy.
- Keep the top of the grill open until you are sure it is lit.
- Cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep a grill clean when it is not in use.
- Store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position.
- If you smell gas, safely turn off the cylinder valve, turning it to the right (clockwise). Immediately leave the area and dial 911 or call your local fire department. Before you use the grill again, have a qualified service technician inspect your cylinder.
- Smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
- Use matches or lighters to check for propane leaks.
- Pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
- Allow children to tamper with the cylinder or grill.
- Use, store, or transport propane cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
- Try to be a grill repairman. If you are having grill or propane cylinder problems, see a qualified service technician.
For further information on gas grilling you can go to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association website at hpba.org.