Propane is a flammable gas when mixed with oxygen and can be ignited through a variety of ways. To make propane easier to detect, manufactures purposely add a chemical compound to give it a smell described as rotten eggs, a skunk or even a dead animal. Be aware that individuals taking certain medications or the elderly have can have trouble identifying the smell of propane.
Consider purchasing a propane gas detector as an additional measure of security.
If you think you smell propane, follow these simple steps to safety:
Do not operate electronics such as lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion.
Ensure the safety of everyone at the source of the smell by exiting the building.
If it is safe to do so, turn off the main valve of your propane tank. To close the valve, turn clockwise.
Call us right away to address the situation. In the event we are closed, call 911 or your local fire department.