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Propane Safety Corner

Posted: October 15, 2021

Although propane is odorless in its natural form, a chemical compound is added to give it a strong, unpleasant smell that is similar to the odor of rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray.

But there are situations that may prevent you from detecting that telltale odor in the event of a leak. Commonly known as “odor loss,” this can be caused by:

  • too much air, water or rust in your propane tank.
  • an underground propane leak. (Soil diffuses propane’s odor.)
  • odor “sticking” to the inside of the propane distribution pipes.

That’s why we recommend installing a propane gas detector (or detectors, depending on the size of your home). Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for placement and maintenance. You should also react immediately to even the faintest propane odor (or your gas detector’s alarm) by leaving your home and calling for assistance.

Your safety is our number one priority