Propane Safety Facts & Best Practices
Know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe!
When it comes to safety, propane has an outstanding track record. That’s because of strong regulations and high standards upheld by the propane industry and companies like Beeline Propane.
However, you still need to know what to do if you smell gas, either in your home or elsewhere. The following propane safety steps are crucial to protecting lives and property and must be taken as soon as you smell gas.
- Know what propane smells like. An odorant is added to propane to give a distinct aroma that is commonly described as the smell of rotten eggs.
- Extinguish all potential sources of ignition, such as candles or cigarettes.
- Get everyone out of the house as quickly as possible.
- DON’T TOUCH any light switches, thermostats, phones or appliances until you’ve safely left the house and are a safe distance away from where you smelled gas.
- Turn off the propane valve on the tank or cylinder if you can safely get to it.
- After you’ve gotten a safe distance from where you smelled gas, call 911 and Beeline Propane.
- Allow time for emergency personnel and qualified propane service technicians to search for escaped gas and make any necessary repairs.
- DO NOT return to the location of the leak or attempt to turn on the propane supply valve, even if you no longer detect gas.
- Have a trained propane service technician check the leak, carefully examine the propane tank and all gas equipment, and relight all pilots.
- DO NOT return until you have permission from emergency personnel or the service technician.
Do you want to learn more about propane safety? The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) made the videos below so that you can learn more about a variety of propane safety issues. You’ll have peace of mind when you know more about propane and how to use it safely and properly. Click on the videos to get started!