Propane Safety

Propane Safety

Wesson Energy is committed to safeguarding the lives, health and property of our customers, employees and contractors. Our employees are thoroughly trained and equipped in the latest safety procedures, and they hold all required licenses. We also strive every day to ensure that our facilities, equipment and trucks meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. To help you feel more comfortable with our products and services. please take a few minutes to read through this safety page and share the information with your family and coworkers.

If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak

  1. Immediately extinguish all smoking materials and any other open flames.
  2. Do not operate telephones, cellphones, lights or appliances, as flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
  3. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  4. If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it clockwise.
  5. After getting away from the gas leak, call 911 or your local fire department, then call Wesson Energy at 203.756.7041.
  6. Stay away from the building or area until your local fire department and a Wesson Energy technician determine that it is safe to return.
  7. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician should check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

General propane safety rules

  • Only use propane appliances indoors that are designed and approved for indoor use. Never use outdoor propane appliances such as outdoor portable heaters, barbecue grills and portable generators indoors or in enclosed areas, as doing so can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
  • Never store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.
  • Purchase and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Know what to do if the alarm sounds.
  • Never use a gas oven or range-top burners to heat a room or area.
  • Do not try to modify or repair valves, regulators or other appliance parts.
  • Never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect household appliances while standing in water, as this can result in electrocution.
  • Inspect chimneys, flue pipes and vent connectors for damage, blockage or debris.
  • Inspect your propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have electric components and have been exposed to water, this can create a fire hazard.

Propane safety rules for children

  • Keep children off propane storage tanks and away from shut-off valves.
  • Do not allow children to turn on propane appliances, including propane barbecues, without adult supervision.
  • Do not allow children to touch service valves on unconnected cylinders.
  • Keep paper and toys away from space heaters, furnaces and gas fireplaces.

What to do if a propane appliance has been damaged or shut off

If you suspect that any of your propane appliances, equipment or vehicles have been damaged or under water, or if your gas supply is turned off:

  • Schedule a complete inspection of your propane system by a Wesson Energy service technician.
  • The technician can also perform a leak test and re-light your pilot lights.
  • Do not turn on the gas supply or use or operate propane appliances, equipment or vehicles until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.

Emergency information

If you have an emergency or suspect a problem, call our offices at 203.756.7041.