(Family Features)–When it comes to gas amenities, safety is a top priority. Whether it’s a propane fire pit or grill, or your interior stove or water heater, if you smell gas in or near your home, follow these tips from the experts at the Propane Education & Research Council:
1. No flames or sparks. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or cellphones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or fire.
2. Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the area where you suspect gas is leaking.
3. Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). It’s typically a good idea to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances, as well.
4. Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby location away from the gas leak, call 911 or your local fire department.
5. Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, a propane supplier or qualified service technician should check for leaks or other damage.
6. Do not return to the area until a propane supplier, emergency responder or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
Source: Propane Education & Research Council