Talking Safety with Alger Oil & Propane

- 11:57 am - May 25th, 2018

There’s no match for the versatility and safety of propane – from home heating to home cooking, there isn’t much this fuel can’t do! But, as with any other emergency situation, it’s important to know what to do when things don’t go as they’re supposed to. In this case, do you know how to handle a propane leak in your home? If not, we’re happy to keep you informed!

For starters, it’s important to familiarize yourself and your family with the smell of propane. Propane is normally odorless, but a scent is added in order to signal a leak. Many compare the smell to that of rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray. If you believe you smell propane, don’t take the chance and spring to action right away:

  • Immediately put out all smoking materials and any open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger a fire or explosion.
  • Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking
  • Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  • Report the leak to us from a neighbor’s phone or other nearby building away from the leak. If you can’t reach us, call 911 or your local fire department.
  • Stay clear of the building or area until one of our qualified technicians, or an emergency responder, has determined it is safe to return to.
  • Before you attempt to use our propane appliances, please have us check your entire system to avoid any other leaks.

Being prepared when it comes to handling a propane leak will help you keep yourself, your family and your property safe. For more information, contact Alger Oil & Propane today!