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What Should I Do If I Smell Propane Gas?

Posted: October 19, 2017

Woman pinching her nose

The most basic thing you need to know if you own a propane-powered home – besides the fact that you made a great, economical, and environmentally responsible choice – is what to do if you smell a propane leak (safety first, always!)

The smell of a leak is a pretty unmistakable rotten egg odor – the result of a chemical that producers mix with the odorless gas to make leak detection easy.

If you detect that rotten egg odor in your home, take these six steps immediately.

  1. Extinguish any flames or sparks; do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones – sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
  2. Shut off the gas at the source (turn the valve of your propane tank clockwise).
  3. Leave the house immediately with your family and pets.
  4. Report the leak – call 911 from a safe distance away.
  5. As you leave the house, do not touch any electrical outlets or light switches.
  6. Make sure you have any propane equipment checked and serviced before you use it again!

You can find more propane safety tips here.

Stay safe! Contact us today to learn more about propane safety in your home or business.