Posted: February 14, 2022
Propane smells like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray. Propane manufacturers add this smell to help alert consumers to propane leaks. If you are concerned that you or others in your home may have difficulty smelling propane, consider installing one or more propane gas detectors.
If you think you smell propane in your home, camper, RV or the area around any gas equipment, or if a propane gas detector signals the presence of propane, you should follow these suggestions right away.
Without question, propane is one of the safest fuels you can choose for your Delaware Valley home. But to stay as safe as possible, you should always pay close attention to the operation of your gas appliances. The best way to keep all your propane equipment running properly is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance. Be sure to consult your owner’s manuals for what’s required.
When appliances operate properly, propane burns with a blue flame. If you see yellow flames—or notice significant amounts of soot on any equipment–the gas may not be burning completely. This can create carbon monoxide. Contact us for service if you notice a yellow flame or soot on your appliances.
You should also regularly check the outdoor vents of your appliances to make sure combustion gases flow unobstructed to the outdoors. Insects, birds and small animals have been known to build nests in vent pipes. To prevent any damage, use a broom or a soft brush to gently remove any obstructions you find in your vents.
Propane has an enviable safety record due to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Wilson Oil and Propane plays a large role as well. We make a sincere commitment to training so that our employees know precisely how to deliver fuel safely—and know what to do in case of a leak or other emergency.
We can visit your property at any time if you have safety concerns. It’s a good idea for you to schedule a service visit at least once a year so we can check all your propane tanks and appliances.
To learn more, please view the propane safety videos on this page.