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Not All Propane Leaks Can Be Smelled

Written on: August 15, 2022

Learn more about propane safety

propane leaks new hampshireThanks to stringent government regulations and high industry standards, propane has an outstanding record when it comes to safety. However, if you use propane in your New Hampshire home, there are some important things you need to know about propane safety to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Do you know what propane smells like and what to do if you detect that smell in your home? Those are two essential things to know.

Propane has no smell in its natural state. An odorant is added during processing to make leaks easier to detect. The smell is commonly described as being like rotten eggs.

If you smell that propane odor in your home, you must act immediately. Get everyone, including pets, out of the house right away. Put out items such as candles or cigarettes before you leave, and don’t use light switches or phones on your way out. Once you are safely away, call 911 and Johnny Prescott. Stay away the cause of the leak is fixed, all the pilots on your propane appliances are professionally re-lit, and you get permission from emergency personnel to return before you go back into the house. 

Can there be a propane leak without it being smelled?

Yes. Although it’s rare, there may be times when you have a propane leak in your home but can’t smell the rotten-egg odor. Reasons behind this include:

Instances like this are why we urge people who use propane appliances in their home to install propane leak detectors in the home, which will alert you to propane leaks even if you can’t smell gas. Carbon monoxide detectors cannot detect propane leaks.

Propane leak detectors are reasonably priced and are available at your local home improvement or hardware store, or online. They should be installed on all levels of your home near propane appliances and outside all sleeping areas.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Please get in touch with us at Johnny Prescott and we’ll be glad to answer them!