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WHAT IS FLAMMABLE VAPOR IGNITION? FLAMMABLE VAPORS ARE A SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD! Vapors from flammable products—such as gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, and solvents —can be ignited accidentally by the pilot light of a propane appliance. Flammable vapors are often heavier than air and may travel along the ground and collect in low or confined areas (such as a basement or pit). Sometimes the vapors may follow air currents in the building to higher levels. Any
WHAT IS PROPANE? Propane (also called LPG—liquefied petroleum gas—or LP gas) is a widely used fuel. It is transported and stored as a very cold liquid, and can cause a “freeze burn” or frostbite if it contacts the skin. The liquid propane is turned into a gas inside a tank or a cylinder. In its natural form, propane is colorless and odorless. To make propane easier to detect in the event of a leak or
WHAT IS ODOR LOSS? ODOR LOSS ALSO CAN DIMINISH PROPANE’S SMELL. Odor Loss. On rare occasions, propane can lose its odor. Several things can cause this including: Air, water, or rust in a propane tank or cylinder can reduce propane odor concentration. If the propane is leaking underground, its passage through soil may reduce the smell of propane. The propane odor may stick to the inside surfaces of gas piping and distribution systems and possibly
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SMELL GAS? NO FLAMES OR SPARKS! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY! Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if