How Do I Know If I Have A Propane Leak?

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Propane gas is a safe, effective and efficient fuel for your home heating equipment and appliances. But it is fuel – and like any fuel source, you need to know how to use it safely, and know how to respond if you encounter a propane emergency.

The two most important things to know if you use propane appliances at home are how to detect a propane leak and what to do if you have one.

Here are the basics.

Follow Your Nose

For your safety, propane manufacturers add a strong odorant (usually ethyl mercaptan) to the gas, which makes propane smell like rotten eggs; this strong odor helps you to detect a leak under most conditions.

As a precaution, however, we urge you to install propane gas detectors in your home. On rare occasions, conditions can inhibit the odorant: for example, the presence of rust, air, or water inside your tank can reduce the concentration of ethyl mercaptan. You may also be suffering from a cold or allergies and be unable to smell the odorant.

Act Quickly If You Smell Gas

If you smell a propane leak,

  • Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
  • Leave the house immediately and call 911 from a friend’s house at a safe distance from your own.
  • As you leave the house, do not touch any electrical outlets or light switches.
  • Make sure you have any propane equipment checked and serviced before you use it again!

For more tips, visit our propane safety page here.

Stay safe in your propane-powered home or business! Contact us today to learn more about propane safety, or to schedule an always safe and reliable commercial or residential propane delivery in Connecticut from the pros at Hocon!

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