Propane (also called LP) is a liquid fuel stored under pressure. In most systems, propane is a vaporized to a gas before it leaves the tank. Propane is flammable when mixed with oxygen and can be ignited by many sources, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks and static electricity.
Propane smells like rotten eggs or a dead animal. Some people may have less sensitive sense of smell because of medical conditions or circumstances. Never ignore the smell of propane.
If you smell gas:
- No Flames or Sparks! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion.
- Leave the Area Immediately! Get everyone out of the building where you suspect the gas leak.
- Shut off the Gas. Turn off the main gas supply on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it clockwise.
- Report the leak. From a nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane supplier right away. If you can’t reach your propane supplier, call 911 or your local fire department.
- Do not return to the building until your propane supplier, emergency responder or a qualified technician determines it is safe to do so.
- Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, a qualified technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak free.