Sikeston officials give safety tips on propane tanks

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – Since the explosion of a home in Wyatt, Missouri, Sikeston officials are warning people of the dangers surrounding propane tanks.

Luetenent Zak Haskin says you should always be aware of any strange smells. Gas does not have a smell to it naturally, but it is added by the gas companies for you to be able to tell what it is.

“You need to be aware that if you start smelling that,” said Lt. Zak Haskin, with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. “You may have a leak and it needs to be addressed.”

Along with checking for a smell, having a propane detector, and checking for leaks after severe weather can help prevent accidents from happening.

Haskin also says checking the pilot light during the summer months when your propane is not in use is not only a safety measure, but also a cost effective way to save money.

It could also help you avoid short term health issues.

“Just the breathing in of the gases will cause breathing issues in general,” said Lt. Haskin continued. “Will cause you some health issues. Usually it’s nothing permanent. You’ll have short term effects you’ll start to notice, have nervous headaches, maybe shortness of breath.”

Keeping your propane tank serviced periodically and checking for leaks could make all the difference in saving you and your family from a potential tragedy.

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