PATCO wants you to be warm and safe this winter! Here are some propane safety tips to always remember.
What Does Propane Gas Smell Like?
- It smells like rotten eggs, skunk spray, or dead animal.
- Some people may have difficulty smelling it due to age, medical conditions, medications, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Propane can lose its odor on rare occasions. This is due to:
- Air, water, rust in a propane tank/cylinder
- Passage of leaking propane through soil
If You Smell Gas:
- Put out all smoking materials and any other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones - flames/sparks can trigger an explosion or fire.
- Evacuate the area immediately wherever you suspect the gas is leaking from.
- Turn off the main supply valve on the propane tank (clockwise).
- Call your propane company immediately from the nearest home or 911 if we cannot be reached.
- Do not return to the building until a qualified technician says it’s safe to do so.
- Check your propane system with you propane dealer to ensure it is leak-free.
Propane Gas Detectors:
Detectors provide an extra measure of security, which is important in the event of odorless propane.
- Buy only units listed by Underwriters’ Laboratories® (UL).
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation and maintenance.
- Never ignore the smell of propane, even if the detector didn’t sound.
Running Out Of Gas
Running out of gas can cause serious safety hazards including fire or explosion!
- If an appliance valve or gas line is left open, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane.
- If your tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous.
A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED by a certified technician before turning on the gas.
Lighting Pilot Lights
If a pilot light repeatedly goes out or is very difficult to light, there may be a safety problem. DO NOT try to fix the problem yourself. It is strongly recommended that only a qualified service technician light any pilot light that has gone out.
You take the risk of starting a fire or an explosion when lighting the pilot yourself. Carefully follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings concerning the appliance before attempting to light the pilot.