Many of you are probably wondering how to detect a leak in your propane tank and worried about what you would do if there ever was a leak. It can be easy to worry about, but safety issues such as this don’t have to keep you up at night.
Propane is one of the safest energy sources available and it burns cleaner than other fuel sources. This makes propane safer for the environment and on top of that, it is cheaper than other sources of energy. But, just like any type of energy, you must know how to use it correctly and safely.
There is no reason to be scared or paranoid about a leak happening in your home, but knowing how to detect a gas leak and taking care of it is essential if you use propane in your home.
Here are some tips for recognizing a leak and taking action:
The quickest way to recognize a leak is by the smell. Propane is virtually odorless, but manufactures add an odor so that you can detect a leak. The smell is likened to rotten eggs, skunk spray, or even a deceased animal.
How to Handle It
If you know there is a leak in your tank, eliminate any source of ignition (cell phones, landline phones, appliances, light switches) near the tank and immediately evacuate people and pets to a safe distance from your house. This will prevent them from breathing in fumes and also protect them from a potential explosion.
Turn off the propane supply to your home by turning the main valve on your propane tank. (Have your propane professional show you how to do this now in case an emergency arrises.)
You should also report the leak to your propane retailer immediately and call 911 for assistance. Your phone can be a source of ignition, so make sure that you’re a safe distance from your home when you make a call.
Finally, have a propane professional check your system. He or she will be able to fix any leaks and make sure that your system is safe to use.
DO NOT turn your system on until a professional says it is safe to operate.
A key thing to remember is to stay calm. This may sound obvious, but remaining calm in a potentially life-threatening situation like this could save your life and the lives of those around you.