Propane Safety

Know how to keep your home and loved ones safe

propane safetyPropane has an excellent safety record, owing to stringent regulations and high standards in the propane industry. Learn more why propane is right for your home.

However, if you detect gas at home or anywhere there is gas equipment or appliances, you must still know how to safeguard yourself.

Do you have any idea what propane smells like? Propane naturally has no smell. It is artificially scented with an odorant to help people identify leaks. That odorant that is most often described as smelling like rotten eggs.

Now you’ll recognize what propane smells like, but you also need to know what to do if you ever do smell that rotten-egg odor.

Taking these steps right away is essential to protecting lives and property. Follow them as soon as you smell gas.

  • Extinguish any sources of ignition, like candles or cigarettes.
  • Become a CustomerGet out of the house IMMEDIATELY.
  • Do not use any light switches, thermostats, telephones or other appliances until you have safely evacuated the area.
  • If you can safely get to it, close the gas-shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
  • Once you are safely away, call 911 and Seymour Oil & Propane.
  • Give emergency personnel and our propane-service technicians time to check for escaped propane gas and perform any needed repairs.
  • Even if you don’t smell gas anymore, stay away from the area where you detected it, and don’t attempt to turn on the propane-supply valve.
  • A trained propane-service professional must first locate and repair the leak, then carefully check all propane appliances before relighting the pilots.
  • You shouldn’t return until you’ve been given permission by emergency personnel or the service technician.

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has created the following informative videos, which cover a variety of propane safety topics.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Contact us and we’ll answer them, so you have peace of mind!

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