Propane Safety Tips

Propane Safety

When it comes to propane appliances, safety is our top priority. Due to strict industry guidelines and regulations, propane is an extremely safe fuel. However, it is important to familiarize yourselves and your families about propane safety.

What does Propane smell like?

The first thing you will want to know is, what does propane smell like? It smells like rotten eggs. Propane manufacturers add this scent to help alert customers of a propane leak. If you smell propane in your house, follow these 6 steps immediately.

If you smell propane…

  1. Immediately put out all flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, or cell phones.
  2. Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building and find a safe place.
  3. Turn off the gas. If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve off on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it clockwise (to the right).
  4. Report the leak. Once you are out of the building, call your propane retailer, or call 911.
  5. Do not return to the building. Only return to the building when an emergency responder or a qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
  6. Get your system checked before reuse. Before you turn on any propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to make sure it is leak free.

For more information on propane and propane safety, watch these videos or visit the Propane Education & Research Council website.

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