Propane is naturally odorless, but manufacturers add an ingredient that gives it the characteristic rotten egg smell. This odor alerts homeowners to the presence of a propane leak. Although propane is a safe, environmentally friendly fuel, a leak can be dangerous. Follow these steps immediately if you think you have a propane leak in or around your home.
Shut off ignition sources.
A spark can ignite leaked gas and start a fire or an explosion. Avoid doing anything that might ignite the gas. Shut off stove burners and turn off the oven. Shut off all other appliances, and turn off all the lights. Do not use your cellphone inside the home.
Evacuate the home.
While you’re turning off appliances, let your family members know that they need to evacuate the home right away. Before you leave, make sure everyone has evacuated. Take the family pets with you when you leave, but don’t stop to grab any possessions. Getting your family to safety is the top priority, but if it’s possible, you can open the windows as you walk through your home. This will help disperse the gas and minimize the risk of a fire.
Shut off the main gas valve.
Once you’re outside, look for the main gas valve. It should be located next to the gas meter, which is typically placed on the side of the building. Shut off the gas valve and then walk away from your home.
Call the propane company.
Wait to make any calls until you and your family members are a safe distance away from the home. At this point, you can call your propane supplier. The company can respond to emergencies like propane leaks around the clock.
Customers of Barnett Propane can call us around the clock if an emergency situation develops. You can reach a live person at our office in Tucson at (520) 628-8525 or in Sierra Vista at (520) 458-4541.