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While it may be considered rare, a propane leak demands immediate attention from homeowners. Propane gives off an egg-like odor that is very unpleasant. When you sense its distinct scent in your home, it is essential to know what to do. Keep reading to learn about how to be prepared for a propane leak. 

What Does Propane Smell Like?

When propane is in its natural state, it is odorless. The added mercaptan chemical causes a distinct, egg-like odor. Many describe it as the scent of a skunk’s spray or the stench of boiling cabbage. It may not be a pleasant smell, but it is meant to be noticeable to alert you of any propane leaks nearby. Keep reading to learn what to do when you smell propane in your home.

Steps to Take If You Smell Propane 

If you encounter a problem with your propane tank or smell propane, know you can count on Shipley Energy

  1. Extinguish all smoking materials and open flames. Refrain from using any smoking materials or electrical appliances.
  2. Open the windows and evacuate the area immediately.
  3. Shut off the gas valve at your tank if it is safe to do so by turning the gear-like knob clockwise until it will no longer turn. Do NOT force it.
  4. Contact your propane provider from a neighbor’s house or a cell phone in a secure area away from the home/tanks. If you cannot reach your service provider, call 911 or your local fire department.
  5. Do not return to the home or building until a qualified service technician clears you.
  6. Ensure your system is checked for leaks before resuming the gas operation if not already completed.

Other Safety Measures

Shipley Energy propane safety measures detection and regular inspections
Understanding how to be safe while handling propane is important before you start. Here are some crucial measures to ensure you and your family stay safe:

  • Install Propane Detectors: Much like smoke detectors, these can alert you even before you smell the gas. It’s an essential addition to any home using propane.
  • Regular Inspections: Schedule routine inspections with Shipley Energy. One of our dedicated professionals can spot potential issues that could go unnoticed.
  • Know How to Shut Off Gas Supply: Familiarize yourself with your propane system, and importantly, know how to shut off the gas supply. In an emergency, this knowledge can be lifesaving.
  • Educate Your Family: Ensure every household member, even the young ones, knows how to be on alert for propane tank leaks. Call one of our propane team members to schedule your leak check now at 717-356-362. 
  • Clear Space Around Your Propane Systems: Ensure ample space around your propane tank and related systems. This ensures good ventilation and reduces risks.

While highly efficient and environmentally friendly, propane gas does have its risks. When mixed with oxygen, propane can ignite quickly and be dangerous for you and your family. A major propane leak inside your home can also deplete oxygen, leading to other concerns. It is important to note that as soon as you sense a problem, take action immediately. 

If you smell gas or notice signs of a gas leak, immediately leave the premises and contact Shipley Energy at (855) 496-2948 or call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. Gas leaks pose a serious threat.

Know Who to Call If You Have a Problem.

Shipley Energy has been around for almost a century, dedicated to serving our community and caring for our customers’ needs. If you encounter a problem with your propane tank, know you can count on Shipley Energy to provide the best solution for your home. We understand how important it is to keep your loved ones safe. Schedule a call with one of our certified technicians at 717-356-3624.

Thank you for reading chapter 3 of our propane homeowner’s guide! If you would like to learn more feel free to read our other chapters.

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