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What to Do If You Suspect a Propane Leak

Posted: December 13, 2016

Evacuation plan

One of the many benefits of propane is that it’s one of the safest fuels around. But as with any energy source, you need to make sure you’re using it safely – and you need to know what to do in case of an emergency.

Follow these steps if you think you may have a propane leak:

  1. Know – and teach your family members – what a propane leak smells and sounds like – Propane manufacturers add a strong sulfur / rotten egg smell to propane (which is normally odorless) to make a leak easier to detect. A propane leak sounds like a hiss – like escaping air.
  2. Put out all flames and sparks – Put out open flames, smoking materials, or anything likely to cause a spark immediately. DO NOT turn on lights, appliances or other electrical items; static electricity could start a fire.
  3. Leave your home immediately – Take all children and pets with you.
  4. Shut off the gas valve on propane tank – Turn the valve clockwise to block the gas supply leaving your propane tank.
  5. Report the propane leak – Dial 911 and contact us from a safe distance away from the propane leak.
  6. Get your system checked and restarted by a professional – Do not operate any propane appliances until your system has been checked, restarted, and repaired by a professional.

Avoiding future problems

Stay safe and enjoy the many benefits of propane – with dependable, year-round propane delivery from Freeman Gas!