Iowa officials remind residents about propane safety

Published On: Dec 28 2012 06:01:53 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 28 2012 06:01:00 AM CST
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Iowa officials are reminding residents to be careful about using propane when generating heat or running appliances during the winter.

The state Department of Public Safety says people should have a qualified technician inspect their propane system. Officials also warn people to avoid using a stove for space heating, and suggest not using outdoor propane appliances inside.

Officials say this is especially critical during a power outage because of possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

Officials also recommend people take immediate action if they suspect a gas leak. That includes avoiding any flames or sparks, turning off the main supply valve on a propane tank, and leaving the area immediately.