Safety Information

What does propane smell like?

  • It smells like rotten eggs, skunk spray, or dead animal.
  • Some people may have difficulty smelling it due to age, medical conditions, medications, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
  • ODOR LOSS: Propane can lose its odor on rare occasions. This is due to:
    • Air, water, rust in a propane tank/cylinder
    • Passage of leaking propane through soil

If you smell gas:

  • Put out all smoking materials and any other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames/sparks can trigger an explosion or fire.
  • Evacuate the area immediately wherever you suspect the gas is leaking from.
  • Turn off the main supply valve on the propane tank (clockwise).
  • Call Yankee Propane immediately from the nearest home or 911 if we cannot be reached.
  • Do not return to the building until a qualified technician says it’s safe to do so.
  • Check your propane system with Yankee Propane to ensure it is leak-free.

Propane Gas Detectors:

  • Detectors provide an extra measure of security, which is important in the event of odorless propane.
  • Buy only units listed by Underwriters’ Laboratories® (UL).
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation and maintenance.
  • Never ignore the smell of propane, even if the detector didn’t sound.


Appliance Maintenance:

Only qualified service technicians have the training to install, inspect, service, maintain, and repair propane appliances. Have them inspected before the beginning of the heating season.


DO NOT MODIFY OR REPAIR valves, regulators, connectors, controls, or other appliance/cylinder/tank parts. This increases the risk of a gas leak, resulting in property damage, injury, or death.


Carbon Monoxide and Your Safety:

CO is something you cannot taste or smell but is very dangerous. High levels come from appliances not operating correctly or a blocked venting system or chimney.

CO CAN BE DEADLY. High levels can make you sick or dizzy and, in extreme cases, can cause brain damage or death. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and nausea.


Act immediately if you suspect CO is present!

  1. If anyone presents the symptoms listed above, get everyone out of the building and call 911 or the local fire department.
  2. If it’s safe, open windows to allow ventilation. Turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing CO.
  3. If no one is experiencing symptoms, but you still suspect CO is present, call Yankee Propane to check CO levels and equipment.
  4. CO detectors can improve safety. Please consider installing a detector for an added measure of safety.

To reduce the risk of CO poisoning:

  • Have a qualified technician check your propane appliance and venting system annually
  • Install UL-listed CO detectors on every floor
  • Never use a gas oven/range-top as a heater
  • Never use portable heaters indoors unless approved for indoor use
  • Never use a barbecue grill indoors for cooking or heating
  • Regularly check your appliance exhaust vents for blockage


Running Out Of Gas:

Running out of gas can cause serious safety hazards including fire or explosion!

If an appliance valve or gas line is left open, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane.

If your tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous.

A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED by a certified technician before turning on the gas.


Lighting Pilot Lights:

If a pilot light repeatedly goes out or is very difficult to light, there may be a safety problem. DO NOT try to fix the problem yourself. It is strongly recommended that only a qualified service technician light any pilot light that has gone out.

You take the risk of starting a fire or an explosion when lighting the pilot yourself. Carefully follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings concerning the appliance before attempting to light the pilot.