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Propane Safety

At kerivan-Lane, your safety is our priority. Everyday we strive to ensure the best possible business practices in order to ensure the well-being of our community, our customers, and our society. As part of this effort, we follow and inform our customers of, the safety procedures involved with the use of propane gas.

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Important Safety Procautions For The Customer To Consider:

  • Familiarize yourself with how to shut off your propane supply and propane appliances
  • Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector and Propane Detector in your home – CO is a byproduct of burning gas
  • Mark any in-ground tanks with flags, poles, or an object tall enough to be seen by trucks and snow plows
  • Familiarize yourself with warning signs such as unpleasant odors

If you smell gas or think you have a leak, please call 911 IMMEDIATELY, and then call Kerivan-Lane at (781) 444-0279 and follow these precautions.

  • Put out all flames, sparks or heat immediately
  • Leave the area and shut off the gas
  • Report the leak from a cellphone once you’re off the premises by calling 911 and then call Kerivan-Lane at (781) 444-0279
  • Do not return to the area until professionals have determined that it’s safe to do so. Have your system checked by Kerivan-Lane to uncover and solve the issue.
What Does Propane Gas Smell Like?

Gas smells like rotten eggs, skunk, or dead animal.

ODOR LOSS – Sometimes, propane can loose its odor. Several thisgs can cause this. Some of which are, rust, air, water, or dust in your tank or cylander, and or, the passage of leaking propane through the soil. Some may not smell the odor as well as others due to, old age or medical conditions.

If you smell even a faint odor, call 911 and Kerivan-Lane immediately!

What Should I Do If I Smell Propane Gas?
Do you see any flames or sparks? If so, put out al flames and smoke. DO NOT operate lights, appliances, or phones. If operated, flames and sparks from those items can trigger an explosion. It is not time for you and your loved ones to leave the home. Get outside, walk a safe distance away form the dangerous area. If the propance tank is in a safe are, shut the propane off by turning the valve clockwise. Next, call 911 and Kerivan-Lane to inform both parties of the situation. DO NOT return to the building until an informed professional tells you it is safe to do so. Last but not least, speak with a Kerivan-Lane team member about getting yuour system checked before continuing to use your propane for regular use.
Propane & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

When Kerivan-Lane installs a propane tank in your home, we also plug a propane and corbon monoxide detector into your wall. This detector will give you a visual and audio warning if either propane or CO are in your home.

Why Is This Important?

Sometimes you may not be able to smell the propane or CO in your home. This detector provides an additional level of security and peace of mind for you and your family.

What Is CO(carbon monoxide)?

You cant taste or smell CO but it is a very dangerous gas. It is produced when any gas is burned. High levels of CO can come from appliances or venting systems that are not venting properly, opr a chimney that is blocked. CO can be deadly. High levels of Co can make you dizzy, neasous, short of breath, give you a headache, or make you fatigued. In extreme cases, Co can cause brain damage or death.

What Are Propane Gas Best Practices?

Appliance Maintenance

Call Kerivan-Lane for for all of your instalation, inspection, service, maintanence, and repair needs. Check the vents on your appliances to ensure proper flow of flue gases to the outdoors. Ask a Kerivan-Lane expert to check older appliances for proper connections and to ensure that there are not any cracks in the system. Do not do this yourself. Improper movement of the appliance could damage the connector and cause a leak.

Flammable Vapors – The pilot on propane appliances can ignite vapors from gas, paint thinners, and other flammable liquids. If any aspect of your propane is not working properly, call Kerivan-Lane immediately to ensure your safety.

DO NOT run out of gas. Running oot of propane, unlike oil, can be dangerous. If you run out of gas, a leak check is required by a trained professional before the tank can be filled and normal use of the propance can continue.


Frequently Asked Questions About Propane –

What does the generator run on?

Automatic Standby Generators can be powered by either natural gas or propane. For those individuals who have oil, propane will be needed. In most cases, natural gas meters need to be upgraded. There may be a fee for this service.

What size generator do I need?

The correct generator size for your needs depends on what utilities you would like to have backed up during a power outage. Necessities (e.g, water, heat, sump pump, refrigerator, a few essential lights and plugs) can be easily handled by a smaller unit such as a 7kW or 8kW. Additional options can be handled by larger units ranging from 10kW- 20kW+ respectively. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Phil Halverson, to give you a free estimate.

Does the generator start and run automatically?

Yes. Automatic Standby Generators start automatically within seconds of a power outage. The generators also have a weekly exercise time where they should run for about 10-12 minutes.

How far from the house can the generator be?

Every town has their own setback rules regulating where the generator can and cannot be placed. Generac has standard factory regulations that suggest the generator must be 5 feet away from anything combustible and/or openings (windows, dryer exhaust, etc.)

What is the noise level of an Automatic Standby Generator?

Noise from an Automatic Standby Generator is often described as a “hum of a lawnmower”. We have never had a customer complain about the noise level, there are some options we can discuss with you for noise reduction.

What the generator rest on?

Kerivan-Lane offers several different pad options for the generator to rest on.

Will my generator need any permits or inspections?

Yes, once the work is completed, the office will schedule your electrical inspection (for which you need to be home) and our plumbers will schedule your gas inspection (for which you may need to be home). Once both of the inspections pass, we will come back to your property for a startup, activate your generator, and answer any questions you may have.

Will I need maintenance on my generator?

Yes. It is recommended to have maintenance done on your generator once a year. Once your generator has run for the first 8 hours, we recommend changing the initial break-in oil with 200-hour oil.

What to Expect with Outdoor Generators

Below is a list of some of the things you can expect during a generator installation:

  • You will need to be home at the start of your installation when our crew arrives to let them in and to go over the generator location and circuits being backed up by the generator. Once this is done, you do not need to be home for the remainder of the timer as out crew will work straight throughout the day and lock up if needed.
  • Your power will be out for about 2-3 hours during installation.
  • Remember this is a construction site and we will need to dig a trench through your yard. We will do our best to get your yard back to its original condition; however, depending on the time of year, this process may be more difficult than others.
  • Once the trench is dug, it will not be filled until your startup (can be a few business days).
  • While our installation of the generator and the transfer switch usually only takes one day, inspections of both the gas and the electrical work and the start-up can take up to several days. Every town inspects at different days and times, and we will try our best to work around your schedule. As with any construction job, unforeseen circumstances may arise and delay the installation process.
  • You will need to be home for inspections and start-up.
Full List of KL's Service Areas
  • Ashland 01721
  • Arlington 02474, 02476
  • Belmont 02478, 02479
  • Braintree 02169, 02184, 02185, 02368
  • Brookline 02445, 02446, 02447, 02467
  • Canton 02021
  • Concord 01742
  • Dedham 02026
  • Dover 02030
  • Easton 02356
  • Foxboro 02035
  • Framingham 01701, 01702
  • Franklin 02038
  • Holliston 01746
  • Hopkinton 01748
  • Hyde Park 02136
  • Jamaica Plain 02130
  • Lexington 01731, 02420, 02421, 02451
  • Lincoln 01773
  • Marlborough 01752
  • Medfield  02052
  • Medway  02053
  • Millis  02054
  • Milton 02186, 02187
  • Natick 01760
  • Needham 02492, 02494
  • Newton 02456, 02457, 02458, 02459, 02460, 02461, 02462, 02463, 02464, 02465 02466, 02467, 02468
  • Norfolk 02056
  • Norwood 02062
  • Norton 02712, 02766
  • Quincy 02169
  • Roslindale 02131
  • Sharon 02067
  • Sherborn 01770
  • Southborough
  • Sudbury 01776
  • Watertown 02472
  • Walpole 02081
  • Waltham 02451, 02452, 02453, 02454
  • Wayland 01778
  • Wellesley 02481, 02482
  • West Roxbury 02132
  • Weston 02493
  • Westwood 02090
  • Wrentham 02093


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