Pilot Safety

Majority of propane appliances have pilot lights ~ small, constantly burning flame

  • Pilot lights ignites the main burner
  • Appliances without pilot lights are often electronic

What to do and not do when a pilot light goes out:

  • When a pilot light goes out, this is a good indicator there is a bigger issue
  • DO NOT try to fix the problem yourself. It is recommended you contact a Clark Gas & Oil Service Technican to come out and assess the situation.
    • Several risks to keep in mind: risk of starting a fire or explosion and injuries
  • If you choose to light the pilot yourself proceed with caution and follow the following:
    • Follow manufacturer's instructions and warnings
    • Ventilate the area before lighting the pilot
    • Be ALERT for the smell of propane, and smell at floor level
    • If you smell gas DO NOT LIGHT THE PILOT!!
    • DO NOT smoke or have any source of ignition in the area
    • DO NOT allow any unnecessary people in the same area or building
    • DO NOT light if other strong odors could mask the smell of propane
    • DO NOT light if musty and damp smell persists, this can also dilute the smell of propane
    • DO NOT apply force or use tools on the pilot light or controls; use only hands to operate knobs, switches or buttons
    • DO NOT attempt to let air out of lines; gass may release unnoticed
    • DO NOT apply oil to a knob or button; this can cause the control valve to stick and malfunction

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If you smell gas:

  1. No flames or sparks!
  2. Leave area immediately!
  3. Shut off the gas if it is safe to do so
  4. Report the leak from a neighbor's home or away from suspected leak
  5. DO NOT return to the building or area until a qualified service technician or emergency personnel gives the ALL CLEAR and the area is leak free

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