Propane Safety Tips & Information

Protect your home—and your loved ones—when using propane gas.

propane safetyAt Pico Propane, we care about our customers because you’re also our neighbors. So, we’ve put together some important tips about propane safety:

“I smell gas. What do I do?”

Thanks to stringent regulations and high standards in the propane industry, propane has a strong track record when it comes to safety.

However, you still need to know how to protect yourself if you smell gas, whether it’s in your home or elsewhere there is gas equipment or appliances.

Do you know what propane smells like? Since propane is naturally odorless, an odorant is added to it during processing so leaks can be detected. The most common description of propane’s smell is that it’s like rotten eggs.

Now that you know what it smells like, you need to know what to do if you 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.

  • Put out any sources of ignition like candles or cigarettes.
  • Get out of the house IMMEDIATELY.
  • Do not use any light switches, thermostats, telephones or other appliances until you are safely away from where you smell gas.
  • If you can safely get to it, close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder if you can safely access it.
  • Once you are safely away, call 911 and Pico Propane.
  • Give emergency personnel and propane service technicians time to check for escaped propane gas and perform any needed repairs.
  • Even if you no longer smell gas, stay away from the area where you smelled gas, or try to turn on the propane supply valve.
  • A trained propane service technician needs to repair the leak, carefully inspect all gas appliances and relight all pilots.
  • Don’t return until you have permission to come back from emergency personnel or the service technician.

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has developed the informative videos below covering a wide range of topics related to propane safety. Look around and learn something new.

Pico Propane is glad to answer any questions you have about propane safety for your home or business. Get in touch with us!