Propane Safety Tips

Use this information to keep your home and loved ones safe

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Thanks to strict government regulations and the dedication of propane companies, like Yellow Rose, propane has a stellar safety record.

To ensure the safe use of propane at home, it is vital that you have knowledge about proper usage and the necessary precautions in case of a propane leak, even though such incidents are rare. We have compiled valuable information to help you better understand propane safety.

What does propane smell like?

This may be the most important thing you must learn about propane safety.

Propane is naturally odorless, but manufacturers enhance it by adding ethyl mercaptan, an odorant, to give it a distinctive scent. This serves the purpose of enabling people to quickly and easily detect any propane leaks.

The odorant, a distinct and unpleasant smell often described as being like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray, provides an indication of a propane gas leak.

I smell gas. What do I do?

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If you do detect the smell of propane gas, don’t panic. By knowing and following the safety guidelines below, you can stay calm.

Avoid attempting to locate the source of the odor. Leave that to the experts. Instead, prioritize the safety of yourself and those around you and leave the house immediately. Take your pets with you.

Before you leave, ensure that you extinguish any potential sources of ignition, such as candles or cigarettes. This precautionary measure will help mitigate any fire hazards.

As you’re leaving, do not use any items that could potentially create a spark, such as light switches, telephones or vape pens.

Shut off the propane supply valve on your tank, if it’s accessible. All adults in your household should be familiar with this procedure. If you don’t know how to do it, now is a good time to contact us, and we’ll gladly teach you.

Once you are at a safe distance from the house, promptly contact 911, followed by Yellow Rose Propane.

For your safety, it is important to maintain a safe distance and wait until the first responders and service technicians have located and repaired the leak. Please wait for their OK before you return to your home.

The Propane Education Research Council (PERC) has created videos on a wide range of topics related to propane safety. Check them out below to learn more!