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Detecting propane gas leaks can
prevent serious accidents
Changes in Wisconsin law now impose notification requirements1 upon YQ.Y. relating to your propane gas system. These changes put a greater emphasis on detecting propane gas leaks to prevent serious accidents that could affect the safety of you and others.
The purpose of this information is to outline your notification obligations as the owner, lessee, or user of a propane gas system. For your safety and the safety of others, it is essential that you satisfy your notification requirements. Failure to comply with your legal obligations could subject you to penalties and other liability.
As the owner, lessee, or user of a propane gas system-which consists of one or more containers or tanks having a total water capacity of at least 100 gallons and includes all associated piping and components up to a point of connection for devices (stove, furnace, water heater, etc.) that use propane-you must notify your retail supplier at the address or telephone number noted at right of any interruption of service to your propane gas system.
What is an interruption of service?
An interruption of service occurs when you replace, modify, repair, or service your propane gas system and includes, but is not limited to, any scheduled or routine maintenance, upgrades to your system, or expansion or reduction in the size of your system. An interruption of service oan also occur when your system is unexpectedly damaged or requires unforeseen repair or modification necessitating immediate repair or replacement. By state law, propane gas systems must be checked for leaks by a qualified person if there is an interruption of service.
In the event of a planned interruption of service, you must provide your retail supplier with notice of your plans at least seven (7) days in advance. If the interruption of service is due to an emergency replacement, repair, or servicing, then you must notify your retail supplier as soon as possible, but in no event later than twenty-four (24) hours after the repair or service is completed.
Examples of an interruption of service include:
Who do I contact to report an
Interruption of service?
Wisconsin State Statute 101.16 (4) (b) states:
101.16 (4) (b) 1. A person who owns, leases, or uses a propane gas system and who is a customer of a retail supplier shall notify the retail supplier of propane gas for the propane gas system of any interruption in the operation of the propane gas system due to the replacement, modification, repair, or servicing of the propane gas system by any person other than the retail supplier. The customer shall provide the notice at least 7 days in advance of the interruption in the operation of the propane gas system, except as provided in subd. 2. The retail supplier or the person replacing, modifying, repairing, or servicing the propane gas system, shall perform a check for leaks or other defects in the propane gas system before placing the propane gas system back into operation in the manner required by rule.
2. If the interruption of a propane gas system subject to subd. 1. is due to emergency repair or servicing, the customer shall provide the notice to the retail supplier as soon as possible and no later than 24 hours after the repair or servicing is completed.
Reprinted with permission from the Propane Education & Research Council
© 2008 Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives