Propane Gas Leak Symptoms

Let’s discuss the ways to identify a gas leak.

propane Montgomery County, PA Propane is a home fuel that serves purposes every month of the year. In the winter, you might use a propane furnace or boiler to stay warm. In the summer, propane is essential to fire up grills, heat pools and light firepits. All year round, homeowners in Montgomery County, PA, and throughout Blue Flame’s Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey service region depend on propane-powered water heaters, dryers, ranges, generators and other appliances.

If you rely on propane in your home, it’s important to know how to recognize the warning signs of a gas leak.

What’s the smell of propane?

Propane has no natural smell, but the fuel you use in your home has an odorant that smells like rotten eggs, spoiled meat or skunk spray. If you smell this in or around your home, you should assume there is a propane leak.

Will a carbon monoxide detector alert me to a propane leak?

Carbon monoxide detectors are vital home safety devices, but they won’t alert you to a gas leak. Consequently, we also recommend you install UL-listed gas detectors near your propane appliances.

What are the symptoms of propane exposure?

Propane has an incredibly low toxicity. However, it poses a significant asphyxiation risk. A propane leak, in addition to being an explosion risk, can cause oxygen deprivation. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) lists these symptoms of gas exposure:

Low Exposure Significant Exposure
Nausea Pain or numbness in limbs
Dizziness Convulsions
Headaches Diarrhea
Drowsiness Rapid loss of consciousness
Coughing Asphyxiation
Irregular heartbeat Heart Failure

How should I respond to a propane leak?

If you smell gas, receive an alert from a gas leak detector or otherwise suspect a propane leak, immediately put out all flames, including candles and cigarettes. Get everyone out of the house or away from the area where you detected a gas leak. Do not use any lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones, which can create a spark.

If it’s safe to do so, you can turn off propane service from your fuel tank. (See below for information on how to do that.)

Once everyone is clear of the affected area, contact 911 and your propane provider. They will address the issue, fix any propane leaks and relight your pilots. Only return to your home when they give you the go-ahead. Don’t go back or open your propane supply valve before they confirm it’s safe to do so — even if you no longer smell gas.

How do you shut off fuel from your propane tank?

Generally, you can find your propane tank’s supply valve under a lid on the tank. Just lift the lid and turn the main valve all the way to the right (clockwise). This should shut off the propane supply from the tank to your house. For more information on the process, check out this helpful video from PERC.

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If you need a safety inspection or guidance on the safe use of your propane tank, portable propane cylinders, gas lines and appliances, the Blue Flame team is always ready to help. We’ve been assisting families to use propane safely and effectively for over half a century!

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