Propane Heats Your Home

Regardless of fuel type you use to heat your home, they all have certain characteristics and safety guidelines to follow.

Propane is naturally colorless, odorless and tasteless. For safety, a “rotten egg” odor is added to propane so that you can smell it in case of a leak.

Tampering with any part of your propane system is against the law.

If you let your propane tank run completely dry the law (NFPA 58) mandates that a propane system must be checked by a qualified service technician before the system can be turned back on.Check with your propane supplier to find out if additional fees apply.

If You Smell “Rotten Eggs”, You Have a Propane Leak

  • GO OUTSIDE, AWAY from the home

  • PUT OUT Open flames, PUT OUT Smoking materials

  • DO NOT OPERATE Lights, Appliances, Telephones or Cell Phones – to AVOID Creating a SPARK

  • OUTSIDE, TURN OFF the main propane supply valve on your propane tank, but only if it’s safe to do so

  • TO CLOSE THE VALVE, turn the valve to the right, or clockwise

  • CALL your propane company or 911 Emergency right away from a neighbor’s house or from another safe area

  • DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR HOME, until your propane company, an emergency responder, or another qualified technician professional says it’s safe.

  • By Law, your propane provider/qualified service technician or emergency responder must complete a safety check and and tell you it’s safe to go back into your home.

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