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When it comes to working with propane on your job site, safety isn't limited to one week a year. Give your workforce the knowledge they need to use this clean, powerful fuel with confidence by sharing these safety tips, and exploring the other resources available to you. When we all put safety first, everyone wins.

Propane Construction Safety Tips

Everyone on your job site is responsible for safety. Go over these valuable tips with your workforce today.

Tip #1: Handling Propane Leaks

Make sure everyone on site — even those who aren’t working directly with propane — is familiar with propane safety procedures and what to do in the event of a leak.

Propane is naturally odorless and nontoxic, so processors add a chemical odorant called ethyl mercaptan to help users detect leaks. If employees get a whiff of rotten eggs, you likely have a leak. Turn off the propane supply and call your propane service professional. They will spray a noncorrosive leak detector solution on the connections to the valve and regulator and watch for bubbles indicating escaping gas.

Tip #2: Carbon Monoxide Protection

Be aware of potential carbon monoxide issues when using portable propane heaters or other propane-powered equipment in an enclosed space. Ensure the equipment is designed for indoor use, and make sure you have proper ventilation.

Tip #3: The Ten-Foot Rule

Keep all portable propane tanks and cylinders at least ten feet from any ignition sources, combustible materials (including lumber or brush), air intakes, and structures.

Tip #4: Keep It Upright

Portable propane tanks should always be stored in the upright position, on a flat, stable, and fireproof base.

Tip #5: Avoid The Crash

It’s important to protect propane tanks from denting or other damage. Use crash protection and bollards to protect propane tanks and equipment from collisions with forklifts or other vehicles on the site.

Tip #6: Refill Safely

If you are refilling portable tanks or cylinders on-site, only do so outdoors or in an approved filling area. And always wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

Tip #7: Ask The Propane Pros

Have a question? Your propane supplier is ready and willing to help with the proper use, handling, and placement of propane tanks or equipment.

Propane Safety Fact Sheets

Confidence in propane as a safe energy source comes with knowledge. Download these informative fact sheets, and share the information with your team.

Propane Safety Basics
What does propane smell like? Can propane lose its odor? What are the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning? The answers to these questions — as well as crucial safety facts about propane — are all here.
Propane on Job Sites
From where to store temporary propane tanks to preventing damage to tanks and propane equipment, this fact sheet covers the basics of working with propane on a job site.

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