Safety is our number one priority at The Energy Cooperative.

Here is important propane safety information to keep you and your family safe.

Remember the three ways to recognize a natural gas or propane gas leak:

  • SMELL: To help you SMELL a leak from a gas line or appliance, a familiar odor like rotten eggs is added to natural gas and propane gas.
  • SEE: Near a gas leak, you might SEE blowing dirt, bubbling water, or an unusual area of dead vegetation.
  • HEAR: A leaking pipeline might make a hissing sound you can HEAR.
  • Don’t try to stop or repair the leak yourself or use anything that might create a spark such as a cell phone.
  • Avoid using potential ignition sources such as telephones,
    doorbells, electric switches, or motor vehicles.
  • From a safe distance, call 911. Never try to extinguish a gas fire or operate any pipeline valves. Then contact The Energy Cooperative immediately at 740-344-2102.

Be prepared. Practice safety drills for getting your family out of the house at night before an emergency occurs. Don’t turn lights on or off. 

  • Don’t light matches or cigarette lighters.
  • Don’t use a flashlight during the drill because an electric arc might ignite the gas.
  • Don’t use the telephone or cell phone because an arc might ignite the gas.
  • Plan what you’re going to do and move slowly and carefully.
  • Practice the drill in the daylight first.

Before you break ground at any construction site or begin a project around your home, be sure you have taken the proper measures to achieve the highest level of safety possible. A simple phone call at least two days before starting the excavation work to the Ohio Utilities Protection Services (OUPS) will result in a representative locating buried facilities at your construction site or at your residence. This FREE service can help protect you from personal injury or property damage, and prevents interruption of your Energy Cooperative and other utility services.

  • To contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, call 811, or 1-800-362-2764, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • In case of emergency call The Energy Cooperative at 1-800-255-6815.

Watch this video on how to shut off your propane tank in case of an emergency, or if you ever smell a gas leak. 

Our operations manager for our propane department, Mike Sharkey, explains how to properly read your meter and tank percentage.