Safety

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY

At Beaudry Oil & Propane, safety is a top priority when it comes to both our customers and our employees. We take safety seriously and will never take shortcuts that would put you or your family at risk.

Propane (also called liquefied petroleum gas, LP gas, or LPG) is a liquid fuel stored under pressure and, in most cases, vaporized to a gas before leaving the tank. Propane is flammable when mixed with oxygen (air), and many sources can ignite it, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks, and static electricity.

IMPORTANT PROPANE SAFETY INFORMATION

When used properly, propane is a safe, economical, clean-burning, and versatile fuel. The Propane Education & Research Council has compiled safety rules and information that you should share with your family to keep everyone safe and to reduce the risk of serious and potentially fatal injury, fire, or explosion. Download the brochure or read below.

 
If you smell gas
  • Avoid flames or sparks! Immediately extinguish all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger a fire or explosion.
  • Leave the area immediately! Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect a gas leak.
  • Shut off the gas. If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  • Report the leak. After you have left the building or the area with the suspected leak, immediately contact Beaudry Oil & Propane from a neighbor’s home or other nearby building. We may recommend that you call 911.
  • Do not return to the building or area until an emergency responder or qualified service technician determines it is safe to do so.
  • Schedule system maintenance. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances or heating unit, a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.
 
Can you smell it?

Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Some people may not be able to smell propane easily, including older adults who may have a dulled sense of smell, those with a medical condition, or those who experience the effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

 
Odor Loss

On rare occasions, propane can lose its odor. Several things can cause this, including:

  • The presence of air, water, or rust in a propane tank or cylinder.
  • The passage of leaking propane through the soil.

Because of the possibility of odor loss or issues with your sense of smell, you should respond immediately to even a faint odor of gas.

 
Propane Gas Detectors

In some circumstances, you may not smell a propane leak. Propane gas detectors sound an alarm when sensing propane in the air. These detectors can provide an additional measure of security; consider purchasing one or more for your home.

Follow these guidelines for propane gas detectors:

  • Buy only units that are listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.
  • Never ignore the smell of propane, even if no detector is sounding an alarm.

CARBON MONOXIDE AND YOUR SAFETY

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and toxic gas. This dangerous gas is produced when any fuel burns, including propane. High levels of CO can come from appliances that are not operating correctly or from a ventilation system or chimney that becomes blocked.

 
The dangers of CO

CO CAN BE DEADLY! High levels of CO can make you dizzy or sick (see below). In extreme cases, brain damage or death can occur.

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea

If you suspect CO is present, act immediately!

  • If you or a family member shows physical symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the building and call 911 or your local fire department.
  • If it is safe to do so, open windows to allow entry of fresh air, and turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing CO.
  • If no one exhibits symptoms, but you suspect that CO is present, call Beaudry Oil & Propane or another qualified service technician to check CO levels and your propane equipment.
 
Reduce the risk of CO poisoning
  • Have a qualified service technician check your propane appliances and related ventilation systems annually, preferably before the heating season begins.
  • Install UL-listed CO detectors on every level of your home.
  • Never use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.
  • Never use portable heaters indoors unless they are designed and approved for indoor use.
  • Never use a barbecue grill (propane or charcoal) indoors for cooking or heating.
  • Regularly check your appliance exhaust vents for blockage.
 
Signs of improper appliance operation
  • Sooting, especially on appliances and vents
  • Unfamiliar or burning odor
  • Increased moisture inside of windows

LIGHTING PILOT LIGHTS

If a pilot light repeatedly goes out or is very difficult to light, there may be a safety problem. Do not try to fix the problem yourself. We strongly recommend that only a qualified service technician lights any pilot light that has gone out.

You take the risk of starting a fire or of an explosion if you light a pilot light yourself. Carefully follow all manufacturer’s instructions and warnings before attempting to light the appliance’s pilot light.

 
Appliance Maintenance
  • Leave it to the experts. Only a qualified service technician has the training to install, inspect, service, maintain, and repair your appliances. Have your appliances and propane system inspected just before the start of each heating season.
  • Help your appliances “breathe.” Check the vents of your appliances to be sure that flue gases can flow easily to the outdoors; clear away any insect or bird nests or other debris. Also clear the area around your appliances so that plenty of air can reach the burner for proper combustion.
  • Do not try to modify or repair valves, regulators, connectors, controls, or other appliance and cylinder/tank parts. Doing so creates the risk of a gas leak that can result in property damage, serious injury, or death.
  • Have older appliance connectors inspected. Certain older appliance connectors may crack or break, causing a gas leak. If you have an appliance that is more than 20 years old, have a qualified service technician inspect the connector. Do not do this yourself, as movement of the appliance could damage the connector and cause a leak.

RUNNING OUT OF GAS

Don’t run out of gas. Serious safety hazards, including fire or explosion, can result.

  • If an appliance valve or a gas line is left open, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane.
  • If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous.
  • A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED. In many states, a propane retailer or qualified service technician must perform a leak check of your propane system before turning on the gas.

ADDITIONAL WARNINGS

  • Flammable vapors are a safety hazard. The pilot light on your propane appliance can ignite vapors from gasoline, paint thinners, and other flammable liquids. Only store and use flammable liquids outdoors or in an area of the building containing no propane appliances.
  • Don’t risk it! If you cannot operate any part of your propane system, or if you think an appliance or other device is not working properly, call Beaudry Oil & Propane or a qualified service technician for assistance.

Contact us if you have any questions about this important safety information.

here’s what our clients have to say...

  • Thank you so much for delivering 2 days earlier than schedule and making sure we didn’t run out of propane! You guys rock!

    – Andy, Lakeville
  • Your driver was very pleasant to deal with and a hard worker. I am glad that I switched companies.

    – Jay, Aitkin
  • Please pass on my appreciation to the Milaca staff for same day service! Only ½ hour, wonderful!

    – Minott, Milaca
  • Hi! Thank you, again, for the "hand-holding" and support on the phone this a.m. Very much Appreciated!

    – Don, Eagan
  • Thanks for the prompt reply. It has been good working with Beaudry. I always was treated fairly. I will give the new owners your number.

    – Brian C.
  • Thank you for the effort your driver made to keep from ripping up our lower driveways. Very much appreciated.

    – Ron & Joan, Milaca
  • Your driver recently inspected all my propane stuff. He’s qualified, efficient and polite. We didn’t even have to ask him to remove his shoes on the carpet. You have a great employer, a winner!

    – Kraig & Mary, Corcoran
  • Your driver is worth his weight in gold, he takes really good care of us. We don’t have to check anything, he checks everything for us.

    – Jeff, Star Tribune
  • Your driver that did the install etc, oh what a good young trooper you have in your employee staff. It’s so peaceful to know I won’t be running out of LP as I have the past years, thx so much.

    – Bev, Milaca
  • Your driver had to wade through a lot of snow to get to our tank, I appreciate his effort. I also appreciate the honoring of the pre-buy pricing.

    – Doug & Dorothy, Milaca
  • Your driver, Dean, was very helpful when he came to fill our tank over the weekend. He was very nice and came out within an hour after we called!

    – Ben & Michelle E., Buffalo
  • I am very happy with your service. I called in and you had a guy there in 45 minutes. Last week too. He was there within 2 hours. Thank you for the good service.

    – Tony, Buffalo
  • I highly recommended your services to the people that purchased my home.

    – Molly, Albertville
  • I just wanted to send a quick note and say how wonderful your driver was and what a great job he did. I give him an “A”. He was very nice and answered my questions.

    – Leah, Isanti
  • I was very happy with your service.

    – Dick, Cushing
  • Thanks so much. And may I say, your staff have always been kind and professional. We appreciate that whenever we have a concern, we know it will be addressed promptly.

    – Dian B, St. Michael
  • We loved your driver. He checked all my appliances and furnace and gave me peace of mind.

    – Brian, Foreston
  • Dear Beaudrys, Thanks for all the good care with which you keep us warm through your wonderful LP Gas. Without you, we would surely be freezing. Your Friends, Rosemarie & Claus.

    – Rosemarie & Claus
  • We are grateful that your driver took the time to check over everything before he left. He deserves a raise.

    – Milan, Becker
  • A single call to Beaudry Oil and we got a call back within an hour. We developed a nice relationship with them, they worked quickly and efficiently. We are definitely satisfied Beaudry Oil and Propane patrons, we hope it’s only a matter of time before your tanks are sprouting up everywhere.

    – Shauna, Princeton
  • The driver we had was great. He was very friendly.

    – Andy, Nowthen
  • Our driver came as scheduled and was willing to help any way he could. I couldn’t have asked for a more decent person. He was professional, neat and knowledgeable. I couldn’t believe how fast he had his job done. Again, thank you!

    – Ted, Garrison
  • We really appreciated your driver; He was very friendly and helpful to us.

    – Peter & Carmella, Corcoran
  • We are very happy with your driver. He spent lots of time helping us and finding our leak.

    – Owen, Paynesville
  • Your driver was very professional.

    – Greg, Elk River
  • Your driver is very good at what he is doing. You don’t get good service like Beaudry anymore.

    – Don, Zimmerman
  • Please let the driver know that I appreciate very much him coming out to the house on a Friday night and getting us in working service. I’m sorry to not have watched the tank better- will try to keep a closer watch

    – Jan, Sauk Rapids
  • We were very pleased with Beaudry Propane especially our driver. He went above and beyond the call of duty for us and we want his employers to know that.

    – Marty, Rogers
  • My father-in-law’s driveway wasn’t plowed and we could see the driver had a hard time struggling with the hose and he filled it anyways. We were really impressed with your company that you would still fill in that situation. Keep up the good work!

    – Tom, Medina
  • Your driver was very pleasant and helpful. You have a good employee here!

    – Bob & Cheryl, Wahkon
  • I am calling to let you know how pleased I was with your driver and the service he provided me. Beaudry Oil is a great company and having drivers like him make the company even better! Great Job!!

    – Deanna & Ron, Brainerd
  • Your driver came and fixed my leak, he was very courteous, pleasant, nice guy. He went right to it and found it right away, and he knew what to do to fix it. Just wanted to thank you for the good service.

    – Howard, Elk River
  • I wanted to let you know how great of a job your driver did and how nice he was. I was very happy with the service he provided.

    – Jason, Foreston
  • Wanted to let you know what a great job your service guy did when installing my tank. He did a professional job and was very pleasant to work with. He was especially patient with my kids who were buzzing around, which could have frustrated or bothered other service people.

    – Jeff P., Fort Ripley, MN
  • Your driver did a good job and worked hard, all with a smile. Did a good job even with temps in the 90’s.

    – Kenneth, Zimmerman
  • Wanted to let you know that we got a tank and regulator set last week and we wanted to call about how please we were about our service from your driver. He was very knowledgeable and also honest.

    – Sandy, Greenfield
  • Thank you for your service. We are well pleased with your courtesy.

    – Lorraine & Andy P, Baxter
  • Wanted to thank our driver for being honest and giving us back the $50 we overpaid on the ticket.

    – Pete, Isanti
  • You are very blessed to have such a great employee. Your driver represented your company well and was very informative to me and did a great job.

    – Dave, Bead Properties
  • Your service technician did a very good job and was helpful in every way.

    – Dave, Otsego
  • Your service tech was very professional and a good guy.

    – Marv, Elk River

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