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Propane Safety

Why is running out of propane dangerous?

If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out.  This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.  Also, air and moisture could get into an empty or depleted storage tank.  This can cause rust build-up inside the tank.  Rust can decrease the concentration of the odor of propane, making it harder to smell.

What to do if you smell propane?

Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.  Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones.  Flames or sparks from these can trigger an explosion or a fire.  Get everyone out of the building where you suspect gas is leaking immediately.

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

From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away.  If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.

Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer determines that it is safe to do so.

What does propane smell like?

Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal.  Propane manufactureers add this smell to help alert customers to propane leaks.  Make sure your family can recognize the smell of propane.

More important Safety Information can be found at the website below

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