Written on: August 28, 2023
Overall, propane is safe fuel, but like with any flammable gas, you need to follow propane safety guidelines, particularly in the unlikely event of a gas leak.
Although propane does not have a smell in its natural form, producers add an odorant to it called ethyl mercaptan or methanethiol. This additive makes it smell like rotten meat, spoiled eggs or skunk’s spray. It should give you the ability to recognize a propane leak fairly quickly. However, we also recommend that you install UL-listed gas detectors to alert you to any propane leaks. (Carbon monoxide detectors, while essential safety devices, will not alert you to a gas leak.)
Seymour Oil & Gas provides propane delivery to countless homes in Brookfield, Fairfield, Bridgeport and other communities in western Connecticut. We can help you assess the risks of propane exposure and know how to respond.
Firstly, propane has incredibly low toxicity, but inhaling propane vapor is an asphyxiation risk. If there you inhale propane gas, you might experience these symptoms of oxygen deprivation:
|Low Exposure||Significant Exposure|
|Nausea||Pain or numbness in limbs|
|Drowsiness||Rapid loss of consciousness|
|Irregular heartbeat||Heart failure|
Please note that although liquid propane is non-toxic, it is extremely cold when escaping a tank or cylinder and can cause irritation and even frostbite on your skin.
Happily, propane does not have a negative impact on soil or groundwater. So, if your underground propane tank happens to leak, you do not need to worry about contaminated soil, plant life or water on your property.
While propane may not be toxic, a propane leak poses risks for asphyxiation and explosion. If you smell gas or are alerted to a leak by your gas detector, follow these steps:
The Seymour Oil & Propane team is always available to discuss your propane needs, including fuel delivery, tank maintenance and monitoring, and premium propane appliances. Do not hesitate to reach out to our technicians with any questions.