Safety Info

Seasonal/Unoccupied Homes

  • No matter how you heat your home, maintaining your home’s temperature is critical. Freeze-ups in an unoccupied dwelling can be damaging and costly. Freezing temperatures can lead to burst pipes and flooding.
  • Remember that it is your responsibility to take the necessary steps to protect your home against damage caused by cold and freezing temperatures.
  • If you have a seasonal home or unoccupied property heated with propane, you may want to consider installing a Remote Tank MonitorOur remote tank monitoring system allows allows us to help you to keep tabs on your fuel levels, reducing the possibility of running out in those cold winter months.

Fuel Delivery Lines

  • Fuel Delivery Lines are small copper pipes that move your heating fuel from the tank to its destination. These unprotected copper pipes can become damaged and begin to deteriorate from things such as direct contact with concrete or being buried/covered, resulting in a line leak. These leaks are not only dangerous to the environment but also to your safety- they are also incredibly costly.
  • To avoid this exposure, both financially and personally, we suggest that you have your fuel delivery lines inspected and replaced with a sleeved line if necessary. If you would like to have your lines inspected and/or replaced please feel free to call us and set up an appointment.

Propane Safety Tips for Your Home

General Tips
  • To readily recognize a leak, know what propane smells like. Holden Oil has pamphlets available with a scratch-and-sniff spot so that your entire family can understand how to recognize the smell. Propane leak detectors, similar to carbon monoxide detectors, are available.
  • If you smell a leak, immediately evacuate everyone from the building and call Holden Oil or the fire department from your neighbor’s phone. DO NOT remain in the building, use the telephone or light switches or try to determine the source of the leak by yourself.
  • Be aware of where gas service lines are located, especially when working in your yard.
  • Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in the gas controls of an appliance. If you suspect that your appliance gas controls may have gotten wet (because of flooding, for example), have a trained technician replace them immediately.
Heating Appliances
  • All furnaces can collect lint and dirt and should be cleaned regularly. Contact Holden Oil for service and information on proper cleaning, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Water Heaters
  • Drain your tank periodically (until water runs clean – usually 2 to 3 gallons) to get rid of sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank. Always follow the manufacturers recommended procedures.
Ranges
  • Have your unit serviced if the burner flame is not blue. The blue flame indicates complete combustion. A yellow flame means air inlets are clogged or burners need adjustment. Contact Holden Oil’s service department immediately. Do not cover the oven bottom with foil – it can restrict air circulation.
  • Never use gas ranges for home heating.
Propane Grill Do’s:
  • Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not bring propane cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage or basement.
  • Always follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.
  • Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off. Keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.
  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and cooled off before covering your grill after use.
  • Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Store them outdoors away from sources of ignition.
  • When you have your cylinder refilled, have your supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.
  • After filling, take your cylinder home immediately. Keep your vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped. Do not leave the cylinder in your car.
  • When your grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags, or obtain protective fitting caps from your propane supplier to keep out dirt, insects and moisture.
  • Before lighting your propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness. Contact your local propane gas supplier to obtain the leak-detection solution and instructions on how to use it.
  • Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • If there is a significant and uncontrollable release of gas or a fire, call the fire department immediately and move all people and pets away from the unit.
Propane Grill Do Nots:
  • Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not bring propane cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage or basement.
  • Always follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.
  • Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off. Keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.
  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and cooled off before covering your grill after use.
  • Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Store them outdoors away from sources of ignition.
  • When you have your cylinder refilled, have your supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.
  • After filling, take your cylinder home immediately. Keep your vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped. Do not leave the cylinder in your car.
  • When your grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags, or obtain protective fitting caps from your propane supplier to keep out dirt, insects and moisture.
  • Before lighting your propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness. Contact your local propane gas supplier to obtain the leak-detection solution and instructions on how to use it.
  • Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • If there is a significant and uncontrollable release of gas or a fire, call the fire department immediately and move all people and pets away from the unit.