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What to Do If You Smell Propane Gas
Do you know what propane gas smells like? If you or someone in your family thinks they smell gas, do you know what to do next? Although propane is a safe fuel, it’s important to know what to do in case of an emergency. Manufacturers add a pungent odor that smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal to help homeowners determine if there is a leak in their propane system. If you smell gas, inside or outside of your home, immediately take these steps:
- Extinguish flames and sparks. Put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Avoid using anything that can create a spark such as lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones, which can ignite an explosion or a fire.
- Leave the area. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
- Shut off the gas. If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). If you have more than one tank, turn them all off.
- Report the leak. Call your propane supplier right away—from a neighbor’s home or nearby building—and if by chance you can’t reach us, call 911 or your local fire department.
- Do not return to the building or area. Wait until your propane supplier, an emergency responder, or a qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
- Get your system checked. Have your Kelly Propane and Fuel propane supplier or a qualified service technician check your entire system before attempting to use any of your propane appliances.
The Propane Education and Research Council’s safety video series helps families learn more about propane home safety, including what to do if you suspect a gas leak.View safety video series
Propane Safety Tips
Understand Your Tank
It is very important to familiarize yourself with the general functions of your propane tank. Know how to read your tank gauge and turn off your gas supply. Regularly monitoring your propane tank levels will help avoid the risk of running out of fuel, which can cause costly damage and serious safety hazards.
Educate Your Family or Employees
Make sure all members of your household or commercial operation understand propane safety precautions. This includes proper measures for storage, like keeping flammable items clear from your heating system, and proper handling of propane cylinders including your grill tank. Never store propane cylinders inside any enclosed building. Establish a family or employee evacuation plan with clear instructions and a meeting point to keep everyone safe in the event of a leak.
Maintain Your Appliances
Schedule maintenance from Kelly Propane and Fuel when your propane-powered appliances need repair. This will promote safe, unobstructed operation and improve fuel efficiency. Keep an eye on the flame in your gas-range stove. If it burns yellow instead of blue, that can indicate an issue with your burner inlet.