We’re back with more information to help you stay safe with propane fuel and our guest is Mike Boulden, from Boulden Brothers.
Now, I know propane is a fuel that can really fuel our summer fun, but I’m sure there are safety steps we need to keep in mind when using it.
Correct. Well, propane has a great track record of safety and incidents are rare, it is important to know how to identify and handle them if anything happens.
All right. So, what would you say first and foremost?
Probably the most important thing is knowing what propane smells like. Propane in its natural state is odorless, but they inject a chemical in it called ethyl mercaptan.
So, it smells like say rotten eggs or maybe a skunk?
Correct. If you notice this odor, there are some very important steps you need to follow.
First and foremost, what do we have to do?
The first thing you want to do is immediately make sure there aren’t any open flames or cigarettes in the area. You also want to make sure you don’t use any light switches, cell phones or any other appliance that may cause a spark.
All right. So, we’ve put out all the open flames. What next?
The next thing, leave the area. Go to a neighbor’s house and call the fire department or 911 to report the leak.
They’re going to come and check it out. Then, when is it safe to go back to the house again?
You want to stay clear of the area until the first responder has declared it safe to return.
If I have a concern that there could be some propane concern, and I’m not quite smelling anything, can I call Boulden Brothers for help with this?
Of course. We’ll come out and check the system and make sure there aren’t any safety issues. If there are, we can make you aware of them and take care of them for you.
So, staying alert and prepared is going to help your family have a safe summer. In the event of a propane leak, you follow those steps. No sparks. No flames. Call the fire department. If you sense there could be a problem coming on, you can always call Boulden Brothers for help and they’ll send one of their clean screened, trained and timely techs over there to make sure that you’re taken care of. That about cover it?
You got it.
All right. He’s Mike Boulden with Boulden Brothers. You can learn more about them at bouldenbrothers.com