CONSUMER SAFETY SERIES – Propane is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world. More versatile than natural gas, propane burns cleaner and more efficiently than fuel oils. Propane also costs less to use than electricity. However, like other fuels, propane is a combustible gas. The composition of propane makes it heavier than air, so propane may temporarily be present in higher concentrations at floor level. Courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council.
IF YOU SMELL GAS:
Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Some people may have difficulty smelling propane due to their age (older people may have a less sensitive sense of smell); a medical condition; or the effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
On rare occasions, propane can lose its odor. Several things can cause this including: The presence of air, water, or rust in a propane tank or cylinder; The passage of leaking propane through the soil.
Since there is a possibility of odorloss or problems with your sense of smell, you should respond immediately to even a faint odor of gas.
1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY! Get every one out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
3. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
4. REPORT THE LEAK. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
5. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician