Propane: What is that smell?

bad smellIf your home, farm, or business is powered by propane gas, a keen sense of smell and a quick mind can really come in handy when it comes to staying safe.

Your sense of smell matters because propane has a distinctive rotten egg odor, thanks to a chemical that propane producers add to the gas to make leaks easy to detect (propane itself is odorless). When that smell appears in your Iowa home or workplace, don’t panic – but do act quickly, using these propane safety guidelines:

  • Avoid touching any equipment that could cause a spark (lights or light switches, appliances, telephones, cell phones, etc.); a spark can cause an explosion.
  • Get everyone (including pets) out of your house immediately and call 911 from a safe distance away.
  • If it is safe to do so, turn off the propane gas at the tank; if you don’t know how to do this, ask us – it’s important information to know.
  • When the fire department says it is safe to return to your home, do so – but do not use your propane equipment again until it is professionally inspected.
  • Remember:  if your propane system is turned off for any reason – including a leak – you must have a propane technician leak-test your propane system before it can be turned on again.

For more tips on propane safety, download our Propane Safety Mailer.

Two other propane safety considerations:

  • We STRONGLY urge you to install propane leak detectors in your home. Sometimes conditions in your propane tank – or in your own body, if you have a cold – can cause propane odor loss; these inexpensive fail-safes will protect you whether or not you can smell a propane gas leak.
  • Remember: maintaining your propane equipment will keep you safer, lower your monthly bills, and help your technician spot small issues before they become more serious problems.

Your safety is always our priority! Contact Pelgas today to learn more about propane safety in your Southwest Iowa home or business.