1509 E University Ave, Urbana, IL 61802
Do you and your family know what propane smells like? In order to aid in the detection of an unintended, unanticipated and/or uncontrolled release of propane, an ordorant, typically ehtyl Mercaptan, is added to propane. As a propane user, you should be aware of the following:
1.) No odorant is effective 100% of the time.
2.) Cold, allergies, smoking, alcohol, or age can affect the ability to smell any odor.
3.) Strong competing odors may mask the odor of escaping gas.
4.) Continued exposure to odorized gas can cause an individual to "get used" to the odor and fail to detect its continuing presence. The strength of the odor is not a reliable indicator of the amount of gas present.
5.) Propane is heavier than air. Therefore, floor level leaks of propane may not be detected at nose level. If a leak is suspected, an effort should be made to smell the propane at floor level.
Educational safety pamphlets are sent out to our customers once a year with a scratch-n-sniff portion so that you and your family know how to properly identify the odor of LP-gas.
IF YOU SUSPECT A LEAK:
you should turn off the gas immediately, evacuate the area, and call your LP serviceman/supplier.
1.) Turn off gas supply at tank.
2.) Do not turn light switches on or off.
3.) Do not use the telephone.
4.) Open all windows and doors.
5.) Stay out of building until serviceman arrives.