Pilot Safety

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 Technician 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; gas may release unnoticed

    • DO NOT apply oil to a knob or button; this can cause the control valve to stick and malfunction 


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

Safety TipsLaShonda Delivuk