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Emergency Procedure for a Propane Leak

If you smell gas in your house, workplace, or around any gas equipment or appliance, follow the emergency procedure below.

Step Action:

  1. Put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
    • DO NOT operate electric switches.
    • DO NOT light matches.
    • DO NOT use your phone.

    Any spark or flame in the area where propane gas is present may ignite the gas. This could include the spark of a light switch, telephone, fan, or refrigerator motor, and even static electricity from walking across a room or flame from a burner, pilot light or cigarette lighter.

  2. IMMEDIATELY get everyone out of the building, vehicle, trailer, or area.

  3. Close all gas tank or cylinder supply valves.
  4. Use your neighbor's phone to call a trained propane service person and the fire department. Do NOT re-enter the building, vehicle, trailer, or area until a trained service person or the fire department advises it is safe to return.
  5. Let the service person and firefighters check for escaped gas. Have them air out the area before you return.
  6. Have the trained propane service person:
    • Repair the leak.
    • Pressure check the system.
    • Turn on the gas.
    • Check all the gas appliances, and relight the pilots on the appliances.
  7. Re-enter the area only when the trained service person or firefighters say it is safe.

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