Propane is one of the cleanest, more efficient, and most versatile fuels available to homeowners today. In fact, roughly 50 million American homes use propane in some capacity, whether fueling a couple of household appliances or providing whole-home heating and hot water.
At LG Jordan Oil Co., we are proud to deliver premium propane, as well as install and service propane appliances right here in Wake, Chatham, and nearby counties of North Carolina. In our day-to-day operations, we uphold the highest safety standards in the business. It’s why we want to ensure that you know how to identify a propane leak and—if one occurs in your home—how to respond appropriately.
Propane does not have a natural smell. Manufacturers add an odorant to it so you can more easily identify it in case of a leak. People describe the odor as that of rotting eggs, dead animals, or a skunk’s spray.
If you suffer from allergies or respiratory illness, you might not be able to smell a gas leak as easily. So, it’s crucial to recognize the physical symptoms of gas exposure. These symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, trouble breathing, skin discoloration, blisters and irritation of the eyes and throat. Exposure can lead to loss of consciousness and death in extreme cases.
If you smell propane or notice gas exposure symptoms, you must act as quickly as possible. Here are the steps to take:
When a propane system is turned off—regardless of the underlying reason—a propane technician must inspect and pressure-test it before turning it back on. The technician will check all propane appliances and relight their pilots.
As the Boy Scouts always advise: Be prepared!
Here are some precautionary measures you can take to ensure your home and family are ready in case a gas leak occurs.