Propane Safety for Your Home
Tips for safely using propane
Midway Gas has been serving southwest Virginia for more than 50 years. Our customers are also our neighbors, so we care about you. That’s why we are dedicated to providing safe propane delivery and propane services to our customers.
What to do if you smell gas
Midway wants to make sure that you know what to do to protect yourself, your property and your loved ones if you smell gas in your home, business, camper, RV or any area around gas equipment. These steps are vital to protecting lives and property and need to be taken as soon as you smell gas:
- Get everyone out of the house, building, vehicle or area IMMEDIATELY
- Extinguish any source of ignition, like cigarettes or an open flame
- On your way out, do not use thermostats, appliances, electric switches or telephones until you’re safely away
- Turn off the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder if you can safely get to it
- When you’re safely away from the area, use your mobile phone or a neighbor’s phone to call your propane provider or emergency services
- Don’t try to go back or turn on the propane supply valve, even if you don’t smell gas anymore. Emergency personnel or qualified propane technicians need time to check for escaped gas, so wait until you get the OK
- A properly trained propane service technician should repair the propane gas leak. The technician and emergency personnel have to ensure that the problem has been safely resolved before anyone is allowed to return
- All of the gas appliances should be carefully inspected and all of the gas appliance pilots should be relit by the propane service technician
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has created the learning modules shown here to help you learn more about consumer safety and dealing with propane appliances for everything from heating your home to cooking food.