Have a propane tank? What do you do if you smell gas?

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If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak

Ever wondered what you should do if you smell gas or suspect there may be a gas leak in your home? Read along for helpful tips of what to do or not to do should this happen to you.

No flames or sparks!

Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.  Do NOT operate lights, appliances, telephones or mobile phones.  Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or fire.

Leave the area immediately!

Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

Shut off the gas at the tank

Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

Report the leak

Once you are safely away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you cannot reach your propane retailer, call 911 or  your local fire department.

Do NOT return to the building or area

Wait until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified professional determines that it is safe to do so.

Get your propane system checked

Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified professional must check your entire propane system to ensure that it is leak-free.

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