Play It Safe

Propane, compared to its counterparts, has an exceptional safety record. From local to state and federal levels, propane is highly regulated along with its own stringent standards within the propane industry. However, in the event of a propane leak, you still need to have the proper training and ability, so you know what to do to protect yourself and others.

Although a propane leak is unlikely, there is always a chance one may occur. A leak can happen from old or cracked pipes, damage, faulty appliances, or tampering with or repairing valves without the help of a professional. Empty tanks are also susceptible to leaks.


How Will I know If There Is a Leak?

Propane in its natural state is odorless, but manufacturers add Ethyl Mercaptan to make it easily identifiable when leaks occur. If you are experiencing a leak, you will know almost immediately due to its smell of rotten eggs. When you detect this in your home or office, action should be taken immediately.

A Note on Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon Monoxide is the invisible killer since it’s odorless and tasteless and high levels can be dangerous and deadly. Having carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and propane leak detectors are critical to safety and should be installed throughout every home and business.

What You Need to Know

Here’s your handy checklist of how to keep yourself and others safe if you smell gas:

  • No flames or Sparks
    Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames, including candles.
  • Do not operate: light switches, telephones, thermostats, any appliances, landlines or cell phones.
    Flames or sparks from these sources may cause an explosion or fire.
  • Leave the area
    Get everyone out of the building or home as quickly as possible, and away from the suspected leak area.
  • Shut off the gas
    Only if it is safe to do so, shut off the valve to your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it right (clockwise) until tight.
  • Report the leak
    Find a safe area to call and report the leak to 911 or your local fire department. Once you have reported the emergency, call the Gas House at 440-439-4474.
  • Do not return to the area
    Until you have clear direction to return from your propane retailer, an emergency responder, or a qualified technician, do not return until the issue is resolved.
  • Get your system checked
    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 it’s leak-free.
  • Safety Data Sheet                                                                                                                                      To download a copy of Safety Data Sheet please click SDS link.

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