What to do if You Smell Propane
Updated: Mar 23, 2020
What Does Propane Smell Like?
Propane is known to have a very strong and unpleasant smell to it. The smell is often described by many as rotten eggs, skunk spray, or a dead animal. This is not actually the natural smell of propane, as it is an odorless gas. This scent is added by the manufacturers in order to help users know if there is something wrong, such as a leak.
Steps to Follow if You Smell Propane
DO NOT USE FLAMES/APPLIANCES - Put out all smoking materials, such as cigarettes, and any other open flames. Do not use any appliances, lights, telephones, or cell phones inside the building, as these can all create a spark.
QUICKLY LEAVE THE AREA - Evacuate everyone inside the building or area where the gas is being smelled.
TURN OFF THE GAS - Shut off the main supply valve, which is located on your propane tank, but make sure that it is safe to do so. Turn the valve Clockwise (to the right) as much as possible.
REPORT THE LEAK - From a safe distance or a place such as a neighbor's home, call your Propane Provider, (814) 886-8451 if you are our customer, to inform them. If they are unavailable, call 911 or the local fire department.
DO NOT RETURN INSIDE THE BUILDING OR AREA - Wait until your Propane Provider or the emergency services arrive. They will ensure that the building is safe and inform you if you are able to return inside.
GET YOUR SYSTEMS CHECKED - Do not use any of your propane appliances until they have also been checked over by a verified technician. They will go over your entire propane system to make sure that it is entirely leak free.