Propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8) that is produced from crude oil refining as well as natural gas processing. In the 1990 Clean Air Act, propane was approved as an alternative clean fuel which was reinforced by the National Policy Act of 1992. Propane is nontoxic and colorless. It is used by more than 14 million families to fuel furnaces, water heaters, outdoor grills, fire places, pool heaters, dryers, range tops and now alternative fuel for vehicles. Propane is easy to transport and can be used in areas beyond the natural gas mains. Your home propane has been odorized so that you can smell it. Always smell around for gas before lighting your appliance.
What to do if you smell gas:
- Put out all smoking materials and any other open flames.
- Do not operate any appliances, switches or thermostats.
- Get everyone outside and away from the gas equipment.
- Shut off the gas supply, using the shut off valve at the tank or cylinder.
- Call your propane supplier – use your neighbor’s phone if gas smell is in the house.
- Stay outside and leave the gas off until the leak has been found and fixed.
If your gas control has gotten wet as the result of flooding or other wetting, it must be replaced immediately by a trained gas service technician. Never tamper with or use force or tools on the gas control system. If the gas control knob will not operate by hand, the control must be replaced.