How Do You Know If You Have a Propane Leak?
Propane gas is an amazingly safe, effective and efficient fuel for your furnace, boiler, or other home comfort equipment. But it is an energy source – and like any energy source, you need to know how to handle it, and how to respond if you have a propane emergency.
The two most important things to know if you’re the owner of a propane-powered home are how to detect a leak in your home, and what to do if you have one.
Here the basics:
1. How can I tell if I have a propane gas leak?
For your safety, propane manufacturers add a strong odorant (usually ethyl mercaptan) to propane so it smells like rotten eggs; this helps you to detect a leak under most conditions.
As a precaution, however, we urge you to install a propane gas detector in your home. On rare occasion, conditions can inhibit the odorant: for example, the presence of rust, air or water inside your tank can reduce the concentration of ethyl mercaptan. You may also be suffering from a cold or allergies and be unable smell the odorant.
2. What should I do if I have a propane gas leak?
If you smell a leak,
- Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
- Leave the house immediately and call 911 from a friend’s house at a safe distance from your own.
- As you leave the house, do not touch any electrical outlets or light switches.
- Make sure you have any propane equipment checked and serviced before you use it again!
You can find more propane safety tips here.