First and foremost, Avery Oil & Propane wants you, your family, your farm and your business to be safe. In case of emergency, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 818-1116. Every one of our installers is trained and certified through the National Propane Gas Association’s Certified Employee Training Program. One of the most common questions we hear is: “What do I do if I smell propane?”
IF YOU SMELL GAS:
- NO FLAMES OR SPARKS: Immediately put out all smoking material and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
- LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY: Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
- SHUT OFF THE GAS: Turn off the main gas supply valve under the lid on the propane tank. To close the valve, turn it clockwise.
- REPORT THE LEAK: Go to a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak. Call 911 to dispatch the fire department and call Avery Oil & Propane to report the gas smell.
- DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING: Stay clear until the fire department and Avery Oil & Propane have determined that it is safe to do so.
- GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED: Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, Avery Oil & Propane must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free. Avery Oil & Propane must enter the home to relight any appliances with pilots or verify the operation and startup of any appliance with electronic ignition.
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Safety Starts with Education
The propane industry is engaged in ongoing training, education and awareness-building efforts to promote and advance the safe handling, use and maintenance of propane and propane-fueled equipment:
- PERC offers an award-winning preventive maintenance program called GAS Check (Gas Appliance System Check). Trained technicians inspect entire propane systems and appliances to ensure they are running safely and efficiently so consumers can save money and enjoy a healthy environment. The program also educates homeowners on the proper maintenance of propane appliances and how to safely handle propane.
- The Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) is a nationally recognized training program for people involved in the handling of propane equipment and appliances. Required in eight states and used by propane marketers nationwide, it is continually being updated and expanded. CETP has become the industry’s flagship curriculum in workforce training and certification. More than 120,000 propane industry employees have received CETP certification since 1999.
Launched by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) in 1988, the Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) is a comprehensive, nationwide training program for employees in the propane industry. It provides a formal structure for training, testing and documentation to assure that propane industry workers have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their work safely and effectively. Employee training is mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Fire Protection Association and other groups. In addition to all that, it just makes good business sense.
CETP is a modular-performance, criteria-based employee training and skills certification program that provides up-to-date, task-specific technical training that empowers employees to perform their jobs confidently, knowledgably and safely. As a result, propane business managers can improve employee and customer safety, increase employee productivity and morale, adhere to federal and state regulations and better serve the communities in which they operate.