Propane Safety

Though your propane system is designed for maximum safety, emergencies can occur. Damage from extreme weather conditions, such as a windstorm, or equipment malfunctions require an immediate response. It is important, therefore, for customers to be familiar with a few procedures to ensure the safe operation of their propane systems.

Use your nose
Propane in its natural state is odorless, so an odor is added to enable you to detect a leak. That's the first safety tip-use your nose. If you detect a strong aroma of propane around the tank, near appliances, furnaces, or water heaters, or anywhere in your home, you may have a leak. Your safety comes first, so take the following precautions:

  • Do not smoke
  • Do not turn any electrical switches on or off
  • Do not use your phone
  • Do not do or use anything that may create sparks (even walking across your carpet can create enough static electricity to ignite propane)
  • Do leave your home
  • Do use a neighbor's phone to call the gas company
  • Do turn off your propane tank by lifting lid and screwing valves closed

Under certain unusual circumstances, propane gas may lose its distinctive odor. If you think the odor of your propane gas is weak, or if your sense of smell is impaired, call us. I'll come out to verify the odor of propane gas in your tank. And if your sense of smell is permanently impaired, consider installing an electronic gas detector in your home.

It's heavy, man
Propane is heavier than air, a characteristic that must be taken into account when relighting gas appliances, furnaces, or water heaters. Sniff all around the area, and be sure to sniff at floor level. If you do smell gas, do not attempt to relight the pilot.

If you have any questions about the relighting procedure for any propane-fired device, do not try to figure it out by trial and error. Give us a call, and we will get you back in working order safely.

One additional note: If the gas control on your propane water heater or furnace has gotten wet (flooding being the most common cause), it should be replaced by a trained technician. Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in the control and create a hazardous condition.  


Manufactured Housing furnace inspection/upgrade.  If you have any of the following model of manufactured housing gas furnaces, manufactured between 1995 and 2000 with the brand name of Coleman, Coleman Evcon and Red T, please notify us as soon as possible.  A number of premature heat exchanger failures on these furnaces have been reported.  The furnaces involved in these reports were found to have heat exchanger cracking, burn through and in extreme cases, furnace wrapper burn through.  These situations, if left unresolved can lead to significant property damage, personal injury or death.   


Two portable heaters were recalled by the Comsumer Product Safety Commission and the manufacturers. Mr.Heater Inc. is recalling "Big Buddy" and "Tough Buddy" portable propane heaters. The valve on the heaters can leak posing a fire hazard. Model MH18B heaters sold from Sept to Dec. 2004 are being recalled. Users should stop using the product and contact Mr. Heater Inc. at (800)385-2605. DESA Heating Products and Scheu Manufacturing Co. are recalling several portable propane heaters as well. The plastic ring on the heater's regulator can crack, causing gas to leak out and pose a fire hazard. The models are the All-Pro (SPC-15R & SPC-30R), Reddy Heater (HD15A & HD30A) and MASTER (TT15A & TT30A). Reddy, ALL-PRO and Master Heaters imported by DESA have serial numbers between 016,000,000 and 016,159,999 that were made in only in China and sold from Sept 2002 to Jan 2005 an Home Centers nationwide. Return the product to the retail location that it was purchased. For questions call DESA at 866-279-3225.