Propane Heats Your Home

Each fuel used in heating homes acts a certain way and therefore should be properly handled.

Propane, for instance, is a low carbon fuel that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. So, a “rotten egg” smell is added to it in order to detect it.

If you smell a “Rotten Egg” odor, Immediately:

  • PUT OUT all smoking materials, turn off open flames
  • DO NOT operate lights, appliances, telephones, cellphones
  • GO OUTSIDE, away from the home
  • If safe, CLOSE or SHUT OFF the main gas supply valve – turn it to the right (clockwise)
  • CALL your propane supplier immediately about the leak or call 911
  • DO NOT go back into the home until a propane provider, emergency responder or qualified service technician gives you the OK

How to Read a Tank Gauge:

If You Suspect a Gas Leak:

How to Turn off a Propane Tank:

What You Can Do

  • Regardless of heating fuel type you use, it’s important to be familiar with it.
  • Keep your furnace, and other propane appliances in working order by following the instruction manual.
  • Have your propane furnace and other propane appliances regularly checked by your propane supplier or service technician.

Propane Tank Properties

Propane tanks are:

  • made of carbon steel
  • 20-times more puncture resistant than tanks filled with gasoline, ethanol, or methanol 
  • equipped with safety valves to prevent a leak and overfilling