Propane Safety

Follow these best practices to protect your home and loved ones

Thanks to strong regulations, high propane industry standards and the dedication of propane companies like A.C. Howell, propane has a very strong safety record. However, you do need to know how to protect yourself if you smell gas, whether it’s in your home or anywhere else around gas equipment.

These steps are essential to the safety of people and property and must be taken as soon as you smell gas.

  • Put out any sources of ignition like candles or cigarettes.
  • Get out of the house IMMEDIATELY.
  • Don’t use any light switches, thermostats, telephones or appliances until you are safely out of the house and away from the area where you smell gas.
  • If you have safe access to the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder, shut it off.
  • Once you are a safe distance away, call 911 and A.C. Howell.
  • Give emergency personnel and the qualified propane service technicians time to check for escaped propane gas and do any repairs.
  • Do not go back to the area where the leak was, 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.
  • Wait until you have permission from emergency personnel or the service technician before going back.

We can help you learn more about propane safety. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has developed the videos below so you can find out all about propane safety, with topics, including the safe handling of propane cylinders, safety tips for severe weather, the importance of regular propane system inspections by a professional and more!

Click on the videos from PERC below to review a variety of topics related to propane safety.