Steps to Take If You Suspect a Propane Gas Leak

Steps to Take If You Suspect a Propane Gas Leak Michigan Propane

Propane manufacturers add a distinctive skunk or rotten egg smell to propane so you are able to detect right away if there is a leak. Follow our steps below to keep you and your family safe in the event of a propane leak. For information on how to prevent a propane gas tank leak from happening in the first place, we recommend calling a residential propane supply company near you.

1.) Check for Propane Tank Leaks

The easiest way to detect propane gas leaks is if you smell the bad odor added by the manufacturer. However, people on certain medications or the elderly may not be able to smell propane as well as others. While it’s rare, it may also be possible that the smell added by the manufacturer has dissipated due to rust inside the tank.

Checking for a propane tank leak is easy. Apply soapy water or a special leak detector solution to where the propane tank’s cylinder valve and regulator outlet connect. Next, you’ll need to slowly open the cylinder valve. Bubbles will form if there is a leak.

2.) Reduce Risk for Fire or Explosion

With any gas leak, there is always the concern that the slightest ignition could start a fire or explosion. Once a gas leak has been confirmed, you’ll need to put out any open flames. Do NOT turn on light switches, household appliances, or even use your phone. The slightest spark could cause an explosion.

3.) Shut Off Main Gas Supply Valve

If you are able to, turn the main gas supply valve clockwise to prevent more propane gas from leaking into your home.

4.) Immediately Evacuate Building

If you are able, open as many windows as possible as you exit the house. This will help some of the built-up gas escape from your house, reducing risk of fire or explosions. Do not stop to pack any possessions. Inhaling propane gas can make breathing difficult or impossible.

5.) Call 911

Call 911 or your propane supply company as soon as you and your family are a safe distance away from the home. Your propane supplier and local fire department are able to respond to propane leaks 24/7.

6.) Stay Away until Leak is Stopped

Once you have evacuated the house, do not return until your local fire department has stopped the leak and deemed your home safe to re-enter. Do not be tempted to go back inside the home to get belongings. Breathing in propane gas can be deadly.

7.) Schedule Propane Tank Inspection

Before using any of our propane household appliances, you’ll need to schedule a propane tank inspection to ensure the leak is stopped and fixed so it won’t happen again. To prevent leaks from happening in the first place, we recommend scheduling routine propane gas tank inspections so you and your family can stay safe.

Altogas is a residential propane gas supplier that offers propane tank installation and inspection services to keep homeowners safe from gas leaks. For more information on how we protect our clients from gas leaks through propane tank maintenance services, be sure to call any of our four Michigan locations in Alto, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland.

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