Propane Safety for Central Massachusetts
Here’s What to Do if There is a Gas Smell in the House
If there is a propane leak in your house, you most likely detect a skunky odor. Other people think a leak smells like rotten eggs or a dead animal. Manufacturers deliberately add that pungent odor to propane so it’s almost impossible to miss a possible leak.
Note: If you have someone living in your household with a diminished sense of smell (elderly relative, etc), it’s advisable to purchase a propane gas detector as an additional measure of security.
If you ever smell propane in your home, do this:
- No flames or sparks. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames; sparks from these sources could ignite the gas.
- Shut off the gas. If you feel it is safe to do so, shut off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
- Make a quick exit. Leave the area immediately: Get everyone away from the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
- Report the leak. Call us from a safe distance from your house. You should also call 911 to report the leak.
- Keep a safe distance. Do not return to the house or area until we determine that it is safe to go back inside
- Get your system checked. Before your system is put back into service, we will need to do a system check (leak test) to ensure that your system is in safe working order.
More propane safety tips
- Regularly check the vents of your appliances to make sure combustion gases flow unobstructed to the outdoors. Sometimes, insects, birds or small animals build nests in vent pipes. Snow and ice can also cause obstructions.
- If you see yellow flames—or notice significant amounts of soot on any appliance, this usually means the gas is not burning completely. This can create carbon monoxide–a colorless, odorless and toxic gas. Arrange for service if you notice a yellow flame or soot on your appliances. Note: when appliances operate properly, propane burns with a blue flame.
- If you need to move an appliance, be careful not to damage the gas connector. Older connectors can easily crack if twisted, which can lead to a gas leak.
Want more propane safety tips? The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has created the informative videos below to tell you all about propane safety!
For more information about propane safety, please contact us or call our office.