Propane, when used properly, is a safe, clean-burning, economical, environmentally friendly and versatile fuel. Just like other energy sources (gasoline, natural gas, and electricity), it is important to understand, respect, and know how to use propane and your propane equipment and appliances.
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- Propane is flammable and may cause fires and explosions.
- Propane is heavier than air and can collect at floor level. To check for propane, carefully smell in low spots.
- Always be sensitive to the slightest gas odor. Any sort of a gas odor may signal a serious gas leak.
- Investigate all foul odors, what you think may be garbage, sewage, or a dead mouse may be a serious propane gas leak.
If you smell gas
Take immediate action. If you don’t know what propane smells like call Georgia Gas for a “Scratch and Sniff” sample.
- Put out smoking materials and other open flames.
- Do Not operate electric switches, light matches or use your phone. Any spark in the area where propane gas is present may ignite the gas. This could include the spark in a light switch, telephone, appliance motor, and even static electricity from walking across a room.
- Get everyone out of the building, vehicle, trailer, or area. If the leak is from a cylinder, remove the cylinder 50 feet from the building. Do this IMMEDIATELY.
- Close all gas tank or cylinder supply valves.
- Use your neighbor’s phone and call a trained LP-Gas service person. Even though you may not continue to smell gas, do not turn the gas on again.
- Have properly trained LP-Gas service people repair the leak, then check and relight all of your gas appliances.