What To Do When You Suspect A Propane Gas Leak

When it comes to home safety there are several measures everyone should take to reduce risks inside and around their home. For a propane home, the most important thing to remember is how to detect a leak and what to do if you have one.


What to do if you suspect propane gas leak

Although propane is one of the safest home energy sources around, like any energy source, you have to know how to use the equipment properly, and understand what to do if a problem arises.


Propane gas leaks are rare, but there’s always a chance of them happening, so the first precaution you should take is to make sure everyone in the home can recognize propane’s telltale odor.


propane gas leak skunk smell

Propane gas is naturally colorless and odorless. But propane manufacturers add a strong sulfuric scent that smells like rotten eggs or skunk spray so it is detectable during a leak. A propane leak sounds like a hiss – like escaping air.


What To Do If You Smell A Leak


  1. No Flames or Sparks – Immediately put out all smoking material and other open flames. Do not operate lights, telephones, or cell phones.

  2. Leave the Area Immediately – Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

  3. Shut Off Gas – Turn off the main gas supply valve on your tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

  4. Report the Leak – Your safety is our priority. Go to a neighbor’s home or nearby building away from the gas leak. Once you are at a safe location, call usat Nelson Propane (1-800-234-9052) to report the leak. If for any reason you cannot reach us, call 911 or your local fire department.

  5. Do Not Return to the Building or Area – Stay away from the source of the leak until a Nelson Propane technician or fire service personnel determine that it is safe to return.

  6. Get Your System Checked – Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, Nelson Propane must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free. We offer a propane tank monitoring service to ensure all remains safe with your propane tank as you use it. If we detect any problems, assist as quickly as possible.


Potential Causes Of Gas Leaks


  • Damage during construction

  • Faulty appliances

  • Leaky or cracked pipes

  • Allowing your tanks to run out of gas

  • Tampering with propane equipment or appliances

  • Modifying or repairing valves

  • Modifying your propane tank or distribution system


backyard propane tank

How To Avoid Future Problems


  • Maintain your equipment – With propane, the best way to prevent leaks is through routine, professional service.

  • Install a propane gas detector – Propane gas detectors will sound an alarm if they sense propane gas in the air. Combination Explosive Gas detectors often detect propane gas, methane, and carbon monoxide.

  • Treat connectors with care – when moving appliances, make sure the gas line connector is handled with care. Cracking, flexing, or twisting increases the likelihood of a propane leak.

  • Plug or cap unused gas lines – If you move an appliance or it is not in use, make sure the gas line is properly secured.


Committed To Your Safety


If you smell propane, or you suspect there is some other safety issue with your propane tank or distribution system, do not hesitate to contact us. At Nelson Propane we are committed to your safety and protection.

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