How to Detect Propane Leaks
In its natural state, propane is colorless and odorless. However, to make it easier to detect gas leaks, a chemical compound is deliberately added to the gas in order to emit a strong, unpleasant odor in the event of a leak, alerting homeowners to take action.
What Should I do if I Smell Gas?
- Avoid any kind of spark or flame by refraining from use of cell or telephones, applicances, lighters, light switches- all of which can create a dangerous explosion
- Leave the area immediately
- Shut off the gas at the main valve (right or clockwise) only if you feel that it is safe to do so
- Call your local gas company, propane retailer, fire department or 911 to report the leak from a neighbors house or from a safe distance from the leak
- Return to your home only when a qualified technician has given safety clearance
- Inspect and repair system before resuming normal use