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What to Do If You Smell Gas?

Instrucciones para la versión en español de esta lección.

Spend a Few Moments for Your Family’s Safety

Propane is a safe, economical, clean-burning, and versatile fuel when used properly. This activity will instruct you on the steps to take if you should smell propane and suspect a gas leak.

Propane Facts

*Propane (also called LPG—liquefied petroleum gas—or LP gas) is a safe, economical, clean-burning fuel when used properly.
*Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many sources, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks, and static electricity.
*To make propane easier to detect in the event of a leak or spill, manufacturers deliberately add a chemical compound to give it a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal.

What does propane smell like?

Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Propane manufacturers add this smell to help alert customers to propane leaks.
Make sure everyone in your family can recognize the smell of propane.

Can you smell it?

Some people may have difficulty smelling propane. For example, some older people have a less sensitive sense of smell. Certain medical conditions or the effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs can also make it more difficult to smell propane.
Consider purchasing a propane gas detector as an additional measure of security.

Can you smell it?

Odor loss is an unintentional reduction in the concentration of the odor of propane. This makes it more difficult to smell.
Although rare, this can be caused by the presence of rust on the inside walls of the tank or cylinder. This can happen when air and moisture get inside an empty tank or cylinder that has its valve open.

What Should You Do If You Smell Propane?

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.

Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

Turn of 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).

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.

…until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or a qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

Test Your Propane Safety Knowledge

Now that you’ve reviewed the propane safety guidelines, test your knowledge by answering the questions on the next screen.

If you smell gas, you should:

Put out all smoking materials and open flames – True or False
Shut off the gas, if it is safe to do so – True or False
Sniff around for the source of the leak – True or False
Get your system checked before reuse – True or False
Turn lights off or on – True or False
Turn appliances off or on – True or False
Leave the area immediately – True or False
Call the fire department from the nearest phone – True or False
Report the leak form a building away from the leak- True or False

Make Time for Safety

Thank you for making time for propane safety. To learn more, download our brochure ‘Propane Safety for You and Your Family’ or visit hocongas.com

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