POSTED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 6:59pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 9:59pm
Tyler, Texas — Propane is a popular way to heat your home in East Texas during the cool winter months. Especially in more rural areas.
Brandon Davis Assistant Fire Marshal in Tyler says, "Many homes out in the country they usually have electric heat or they have propane tanks outside their home." Davis also says, generally propane is a safe and cost efficient way to heat homes but he says to have all your heating equipment checkout regularly or it can be dangerous.
Davis says, "You need to have it inspected yearly. …installed professionally and you need to have a professional looking at it.”
David Collett, manager at Gas & Supply in Tyler tells us if you're concerned about a gas leak, make sure to call someone. Collett says, "Have your propane company or gas company come out and do a leak test."
Another way to test for a leak is to use your nose. Collett says,"You can recognize the smell of propane, it smells like rotten eggs, so if you have like a rotten egg smell in your house or by your tank it's a pretty good indication that there could be a release of gas."
Collett also says to make sure you close and cap-off any open gas lines in your home and never store your propane tanks inside.