What to Do If You Smell Gas: A Quick Response Guide

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If you smell propane gas in your home, you need to take quick action. Find out more with our guide.

What to Do if You Smell Propane Gas in Your Home

First and foremost, if you ever smell gas, it’s crucial to act swiftly and responsibly. Follow these steps if you smell gas in your home.

No Flames or Sparks at All

Avoid any open flames or creating sparks. Do not light matches or turn on light switches. Use flashlights or cellphone flashlights if at all possible.

Ventilate Your Home

Quickly ventilate the area by opening windows and doors to allow the gas to dissipate.

Leave the Area

Exit the building or area where you suspect the gas leak immediately.

Turn Off the Propane Tank

Once safely outside, locate and turn off the propane tank valve.

Contact Your Propane Supplier

Contact your propane supplier to report the leak from a safe location.

Propane Smells Like Rotten Eggs: Recognizing the Odor

It’s important to note that propane is naturally odorless, but an odorant, often described as similar to rotten eggs, is added for safety purposes. Propane companies add a harmless chemical called mercaptan to give it its distinctive “rotten egg” smell. If you detect this distinctive smell, it may be a sign of a potential gas leak, and you should follow the steps outlined above immediately.

Odor Fade: Understanding the Importance of the Smell

In rare cases, odor fade can occur, diminishing the scent. It’s crucial to be aware of this and not rely solely on smell to detect propane. If you suspect a gas leak for any reason, follow the safety steps promptly.

Carbon Monoxide Safety: A Comprehensive Approach

Propane appliances can produce carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas. Ensure your safety with these steps.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Install carbon monoxide detectors in key areas of your home, especially near bedrooms. Regularly test and replace detector batteries.


Properly ventilate areas where propane appliances are in use to minimize the risk of carbon monoxide buildup.

System Inspection and Repairs: Your Safety is Our Priority

If you suspect a propane issue, rest assured that once our team arrives, we will thoroughly inspect the system. After making any necessary repairs, we will complete a leak check, turn on the system, and light pilot lights, ensuring your propane appliances are operating safely and efficiently.

General Appliance Maintenance and Safety Tips

Regular Inspections

Schedule regular inspections of your propane appliances by a qualified technician to ensure they are in good working condition.

Appliance Age

Be mindful of the age of your propane appliances. Older appliances may need more frequent checks and maintenance.

Clearance Space

Maintain proper clearance around appliances and vents to allow for adequate ventilation and prevent potential hazards.

No DIY Repairs

Never attempt to repair propane appliances yourself. Always rely on qualified professionals for maintenance and repairs.

In addition to responding to potential gas leaks, we emphasize the significance of safety when making changes to your propane system. Whether adding a new appliance or experiencing any disruption of service, contact us for a thorough leak check. Your safety is our priority, and our team will ensure that your propane appliances are operating safely and efficiently.

Propane Safety Tips From MS Propane

Safety is our top priority at MS Propane. Stay informed, follow these guidelines, and enjoy the benefits of clean and efficient propane energy with peace of mind.

MS Propane, Your Safety Partner in Clean Energy, signing off!