What Should I Do If I Smell Gas?

NO FLAMES OR SPARKS!

Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.

LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY!

Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

SHUT OFF THE GAS.

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).

REPORT THE LEAK.

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, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED.

Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

 

Indications of a possible gas leak include:

  • Unusual (rotten egg) odor inside or near the pipeline outdoors. Natural Gas has an odor similar to rotten eggs so that even the smallest leaks can be detected.
  • Hissing noise, bubbles in water puddles, dirt being blown into the air, or dead discolored vegetation near an underground pipeline.

Quick tips to avoid a gas leak:

  • Know where gas lines are located, so you won’t damage them when digging or working in the yard.
  • If your tank is located where snow drifts, make sure to clear snow away from regulators and lines.
  • Always cap unused lines, even if they have shut off valves.

Care and Maintenance of Appliances

  • If you install new appliances, call your provider so they can update their information and preform a leak test.
  • Always follow Manufactures recommendations.
  • Change or clean furnace filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Never store cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids near a gas-burning appliance where vapors could be ignited by the pilot light.

You can also visit the Propane Education & Research Council’s Safety section to learn more.

Excavation Safety

“Dig-In” (excavation) damage is a leading cause of gas system damage. To minimize this hazard, the most important thing you can do is locate any buried facilities before you start digging. Just Call Eastern Propane to find out more information before you begin.