The fuel industry is in constant flux, and we always keep an eye on any developments that can benefit our clients. Here, we’ll share findings, some research, and our opinions on a wide range of topics related to our industry.

Propane: What is that smell?

propane smellIf your home or workplace is powered by propane gas, a keen nose and an ability to think quickly can be vital assets when it comes to staying safe.

Your nose matters because propane has a distinctive rotten egg odor – something propane producers add to propane gas to make leaks easy to detect (propane is odorless on its own). When that telltale smell appears in your Ontario home, don’t panic – but do act quickly, using these propane safety guidelines:

  • Avoid touching any equipment that could cause a spark (lights or light switches, appliances, telephones, cell phones, etc.); a spark can cause an explosion.
  • Get everyone (including pets) out of your house immediately and call 911 from a safe distance away.
  • If it is safe to do so, turn off the propane gas at the tank; if you don’t know how to do this, ask us – it’s important information to know.
  • When inspection teams say it is safe to return to your home, do so – but do not use your propane equipment again until it is inspected by a professional.
  • Remember: if your propane system is turned off for any reason – including a leak – you must have it inspected and pressure-tested before it can be turned on again.

Two other things to keep in mind:

  • We STRONGLY urge you to install propane leak detectors in your home. These inexpensive fail-safes will protect you whether or not you can smell a propane gas leak.
  • Be sure to have your propane equipment serviced regularly – it will keep you safer, lower your monthly bills, and help your technician spot a small issue before it becomes a more serious problem requiring costly propane equipment repairs.

Your safety is always our priority! Contact Core Fuels today to learn more about propane safety in your Ontario home.

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