Propane Safety Series: What To Do If You Suspect A Gas Leak

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Welcome to the latest installment of our Propane Safety Series! This entry focuses on what to do if you suspect there is a gas leak in your house or office. Be sure to read below and then contact Annapolis Propane & Fuels with any questions you might have.

If you suspect a gas leak, act immediately! A gas leak, or propane leakage, can be distinguished by a mild or pungent odor permeating from your home or workspace. This distinct smell mimics that of rotten eggs, or perhaps the spray from a skunk, and could potentially mean danger. You and your family’s safety is always a top priority in the comfort of your home, and it’s critical to take precautions if this smell is present. As your local propane supplier, we urge you to react swiftly if your nose identifies this odor by exiting the house or leaving the affected area. On your way out the door, be sure not to trigger any flames. This means, do not access your cell phone, telephone, lights, smoke materials, or any other electronics that may risk a fire. Even the slightest spark has the power to ignite an explosion, which is what we want to avoid. We understand it may be hard to decipher the smell of a gas leak, especially if anyone in the family is suffering from a medical condition or under the influence of substances. To ensure the safety of all household members, we encourage you to educate your family members to react, even if the faintest smell of rotten eggs exists. 

Safely gather everyone and move as far away from the affected area as possible. Whether or not a leakage is occurring, you’ll want to locate the main gas supply on your propane tank, and shut it off by rotating it clockwise (to the right). If by chance you have multiple propane tanks, turn them all off, and then join your family far away from the area. Once you and your family have secured a safe distance, call the professional team at Annapolis Propane & Fuels, report the leak, and let us know your current situation. Once our team of experts, qualified service technicians, or local emergency responders arrive to complete a thorough inspection of your propane system, only then is it safe to re-enter your home or affected premise. As your reliable propane retailer, we will be sure to check every inch of your system to make sure your space is guaranteed 100 percent leak-free.

We want to help families learn more about propane home safety, and be sure that you know what to do if you expect a gas leakage. Learn more about propane home safety, and talk to our staff about how you can best prepare for a gas leak. 

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