Written on: July 25, 2022
At Dale Gas & Oil, safety is a priority. Especially now during the summer months when children are home from school and you’re probably all enjoying your backyard more, it’s a good time for everyone to bone up on their propane safety knowledge. Chances are you’re getting more use out of your propane appliances—from your BBQ grill to pool heater and more. As you enjoy all that propane can do in and around your northeast Wisconsin home, make sure you know how to keep your loves ones safe. Everyone in your household should know the basics of propane safety–including the kids. It’s especially important that everyone in your household knows what to do if they smell gas.
Propane has a great safety record. That’s largely due to regulations that are enforced by government entities at all levels and high industry standards. Even though propane is largely safe to use, everyone in your northeastern Wisconsin home should be familiar with propane safety practices.
Here are some tips for teaching your kids about propane safety. First and foremost, keep it simple and fun. You can start small.
Give them some responsibility: Put your kids in charge of some simple safety-related tasks that will help boost their confidence and help them remember the safety information you’re teaching them. Praise or reward them when they perform their appointed tasks. For example, you can make a child your home’s inspection “Safety Ranger.” Create a checklist of all the propane appliances in and around your home and where the gas and carbon monoxide detectors are located. Teach them that propane smells like rotten eggs.
Let them help: Make your kids part of the safety planning process. As a family, choose a spot that’s a safe distance from your home where everyone in your household should meet in the event of an emergency like a propane gas leak. The children in your home can make a sign for the meeting place and a map that shows how to get there.
Practice makes perfect: Your kids are used to having a variety of safety drills at school. The repetition helps them learn. You can have family safety drills too. Just like a school fire drill, schedule gas leak drills for your family to give your kids a chance to practice your propane emergency safety plan.
Fun & Games: The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) website has a section that was created for kids. It includes fun and educational activities focused on propane and propane safety. There are games, printable coloring pages, science experiments, videos, and more! Click here to check it out. PERC’s website also has useful information for grownups.
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