Propane Safety:

How can I identify a propane leak?
Always be sensitive to the slightest gas smell. If you smell propane, no matter how strong or weak the smell, treat it as a serious gas leak. Some warning signs that may indicate a gas leak has occurred are:
•When the smell of gas lasts more than an instant after igniting stovetop burners.
•When the presence of a foul odor persists and you cannot find the reason.?
•When you hear a hissing noise near a gas appliance, piping, or storage tanks and cylinders.

What does propane smell like?
Because propane gas in its natural state is both colorless and odorless, a distinctive odorant (ethyl mercaptan) is added for the purpose of detecting its presence. To become familiar with the smell of propane (similar to sulfur, or rotten eggs).

Is it possible to not smell a leak?
Yes. Under some of the following conditions, you may not smell a gas leak, so we recommend you install a gas detector in accordance with manufacturers instructions.
•Some people (especially the elderly) are unable to detect the smell of gas.?
•Colds, allergies, sinus congestion, and the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, may diminish your sense of smell.?
•Cooking odors or other strong odors can cover up the smell of gas.?
•On rare occasions, propane gas may lose its distinctive odor, this is called ‘odor fade.’ Air, water, and rust in a propane tank or cylinder may weaken the gas odor, especially if the valves were left open after the container has been emptied.?
•Sometimes propane gas can lose its odor if a leak occurs underground.

What should I do if there is a leak?
Take the situation very seriously. If you smell gas in your house, RV, workplace, or around any gas equipment or appliance you should:
•Put out all smoking materials and other open flames immediately.
•Any spark or flame in the area where propane gas is present may ignite the gas. This could include the spark of a light switch, telephone, fan, or refrigerator motor, and even static electricity from walking across a room or flame from a burner, pilot light or cigarette lighter.
•Do NOT operate electric switches.
•Do NOT light matches.
•Do NOT use your phone.??
•Immediately get everyone out of the building, vehicle, camper, or area.
•Close all supply valves on gas tank or cylinder.?
•Use your neighbor’s phone to call a trained propane service person and the fire department.
•Do NOT re-enter the building, vehicle, camper, or area until a trained service person or the fire department advises it is safe to return.
•Let the trained propane service person or firefighters check for escaped gas. Have them air out the area before you return.?
•Have the trained propane service person:
Repair the leak.
Pressure check the system.
Turn on the gas.
Check all the gas appliances.
Re-light the pilots on the appliances.?
•Re-enter the area only when the trained service person or firefighters say it is safe.