Propane Use and Consumer Safety

Propane Use and Consumer Safety

Written on: September 13, 2021

What to Do If You Smell Gas and Other Tips

propane safety tips georgiaIt only takes one big storm to disrupt lives and cause severe damage to communities—along with great risk for all of its residents.

While Georgians were fortunate to avoid the wide-spread flooding and power outages that Hurricane Ida brought to parts of the Southeast and Northeast, the storm’s aftermath serves as a topical time to provide some important information about a range of propane safety issues.

A remarkably safe fuel

First and foremost, rest assured that propane has a remarkable safety record, thanks to stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

But it doesn’t stop there. Your Georgia propane company complies with all state regulations that require periodic testing and training. Propane professionals invest time and money to ensure the safety of their customers and everyone else who relies on propane.

The danger of gas leaks

It is very important that you know the proper steps to take in the event that you ever smell gas.

Prolonged propane inhalation can result in propane poisoning. While propane vapor is not toxic, it is an asphyxiating gas. This means propane will displace the oxygen in your lungs, making it difficult or even impossible to breathe if you’re exposed to high concentrations. If you suspect you have inhaled a significant amount of propane, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The symptoms of propane poisoning depend on how you were exposed. If propane inhalation has occurred, your symptoms will be due to oxygen deprivation. These symptoms can include nausea, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, coughing, and irregular heartbeat. Read more about propane poisoning.

What to do if you smell gas

If you think you smell propane in your home, camper, RV or the area around any gas equipment, or if a propane gas detector alerts you to the presence of propane, you should IMMEDIATELY follow these suggestions:

If at any time you have safety concerns, know that your propane service company is well trained and properly equipped to visit your home and address the situation.

To keep any safety issues to a minimum, your propane company recommends that you schedule a service visit from a licensed propane contractor at least once a year so that all of your propane tanks and appliances can be checked—and repaired if necessary.

What to do if a storm is on the way

Do the following if severe weather is forecast.

After the storm, take these steps

Other reminders for staying safe with propane

Do you want to learn more about propane safety? The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has produced videos to help you know about propane safety, with topics ranging from propane tank safety to the safe handling of your propane grill cylinders and more.

Click here to watch these short videos.