Propane Safety

Propane Safety

Always Call 811 before you dig!

Know where your propane shut-offs are located!

What does propane smell like?

  • Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk's spray, or a dead animal.  Propane manufacturers add this smell to help alert customers to propane leaks.  Make sure everyone in your family can recognize the smell of propane.

Winter Propane Safety Video:

Carbon Monoxide Safety Video:


If you smell gas:

  • Do not turn on lights, appliances, cell phones or telephones. Sparks from these items can cause an explosion.
  • Leave the area immediately and make sure everyone is out of the building.
  • If possible shut off the main supply of propane to the house (i.e. the propane tank).
  • Report a leak from a neighbor’s home or other phone.
  • Call your propane supplier immediately. If you cannot reach them call 911 or your local fire department.
  • Do not return into the building until the propane company, or qualified personnel determines it is safe to do so.
  • Have your propane supplier or qualified service technician check your system before turning it on to make sure it is leak-free.


Propane Tanks and Fire Protection:

 The best way to prepare for a wildfire is in advance, meaning fire isn't currently headed your way. It's important to be aware of drought, fire weather watches and fire warnings if your propane tank could potentially be affected. Keeping the area surrounding a  propane tank clear of debris and anything flammable goes a long way in wildfire protection. Ensuring that the tank is up off the ground and properly installed on blocks helps prevent direct flame impingement upon the propane tank itself. A good rule of thumb is to keep a 10' radius around propane tanks clear of anything that may be used as fuel for a fire. This includes long and uncut grass, leaves, trash, tires or anything combustible that could be consumed by fire. Additional steps that can be taken to prevent flame impingement on a propane tank include the following or a combination of:

  • Scalp (cut the grass/weeds closely) the area around a tank exposing bare ground
  • Use weed/grass killer around the tank after cutting vegetation to the surface
  • Spreading base material or gravel around the tank to prevent vegetation growth
  • Ensure that all propane tank distance requirements are satisfied
  • Cylinders should be stored in a manner similar to that of a large propane tank. They should sit on a level fireproof surface with the surrounding area clear of debris, tall grass or other combustible material. Because cylinders are portable, they can easily be moved to a new location in the event of a wildfire.


Gas Detectors and or Carbon Monoxide detectors are recommended.

The after hours emergency number is 509-996-2228.