MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON PROPANE SAFETY
For your safety, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (otherwise known as the CSPC) has recommended that consumers have a yearly, professional inspection done on all fuel-burning heating systems and appliances (CPSC Release # 02-255).
CONVENIENCE + ENERGY SAVINGS WITH PROPANE
This is why millions of homes, farms, and businesses choose propane for warming, cooking, water heating, motor fuel, and a variety of other applications. Propane can do it all – better and more efficiently!
As a valued customer of UPG (or soon to be), we want you to know how to properly use propane, as misuse can result in flash fires or possible explosions.
FOR YOUR SAFETY: PROPANE HAS AN ODOR ADDED TO HELP YOU DETECT LEAKS. PROPANE GAS DETECTORS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE.
- Every member of your family must know the smell of propane. Ask your delivery driver to demonstrate its odor for you.
- A slight gas odor may signal a serious propane leak. Take immediate action if you smell or suspect a leak.
- If anyone in your household cannot smell propane, propane gas detectors are available. However, these detectors should not be relied on exclusively. Gas detectors are not intended to reduce or eliminate proper safety procedures. If anyone in your family smells gas, you should take appropriate action regardless of whether your propane detector is sounding an alarm or not. If you need more information on propane gas detectors, please contact your propane supplier.
- Propane is heavier than air and will initially collect at floor level. Carefully, smell at floor level in low spots to check for propane and follow all instructions from your gas detector’s manufacturer regarding where to place detectors.
- Contact your propane dealer for more information about using propane safely.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SMELL GAS OR SUSPECT A LEAK?
- Immediately get everyone outside and away from the area.
- Do not operate your phone, any appliances, electric switches or thermostats.
- Shut off the gas supply, using the shutoff valve at the tank or cylinder.
- Use a neighbor’s phone and call your propane supplier and the fire department.
- Stay outside and leave the gas off until the leak has been found and fixed.
- Stay away from the area until your supplier or the fire department tells you it is safe to return.
RELIGHTING PILOT LIGHTS
It is strongly recommended that, for safety reasons, you avoid unnecessary risks by having a qualified, trained professional relight your pilots, especially if your tank has run out of gas. Please contact your propane supplier or qualified HVAC technician.
OTHER IMPORTANT PROPANE SAFETY TIPS
- If you believe your propane tanks, cylinders, regulators, lines, valves or appliances have a problem or are not working properly, do not attempt to make repairs yourself. Call a qualified, trained professional to service or repair your propane system.
- According to national statistics, many propane accidents occur as a result of unqualified people tinkering with their propane system. DO NOT BECOME A STATISTIC. CALL A PROFESSIONAL!
- Avoid potentially dangerous situations by making sure your propane tank never runs out of gas. A good rule of thumb is to have your tank refilled when the gauge reads 30%.
- If your tank runs out of propane, turn the gas valve off on the tank or cylinder and call your propane dealer.
- Have wet or flooded appliances and controls serviced immediately. Water can damage appliance controls, causing the appliance to leak propane.
- Understand that propane odor can fade or be covered up by other strong odors. Propane odor may not awaken a sleeping person.
- Call a qualified, trained professional to relight pilots.
- Repeated pilot outages could indicate a hazardous condition. Do not attempt to relight the pilot. Call a qualified, trained professional to inspect your propane system.
- Do not tamper with gas controls on appliances or bleed gas lines.
- Have your propane system and propane appliances checked by a qualified service technician for proper operation and safety.
1. Propane is a flammable gas which can cause fires and explosions if handled without care.
2. Propane is heavier than air and can collect in low places.