Keep your loved ones safe
Bedford Valley Petroleum is a locally owned and operated propane provider. We care about our customers, because you’re our neighbors.
Thanks to the propane industry’s high standards and strong government regulations, propane has an outstanding record for safety. But you still need to know about propane and the safe use and handling of it.
I smell gas. What do I do?
In its natural state, propane has no odor. An odorant is added during processing to give it a distinct smell to make leaks easier to detect. That odor is most commonly described as being like rotten eggs.
If you smell that rotten-egg smell, you need to take the following steps right away to keep yourself and everyone with you safe:
- Put out any sources of ignition, like candles or cigarettes.
- Get yourself and everyone with you out of the house IMMEDIATELY.
- Do not use any light switches, thermostats, telephones or other appliances until you are safely away from where you smell gas.
- If you can safely get to it, close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
- Once you are safely away, call 911 and Bedford Valley Petroleum.
- Give emergency personnel and propane service technicians time to check for escaped propane gas and perform any needed repairs.
- Do not go back to the area where you smelled gas, or try to turn on the propane supply valve, even if you no longer smell gas.
- Have a trained propane service technician repair the leak, carefully inspect all gas appliances and relight all pilots.
- Don’t try to go back until you have permission to do so from emergency personnel or the service technician.
The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has developed the informative videos below covering a wide range of topics related to propane safety.
Do you have questions about propane safety? Get in touch with us. We’re happy to help.