If you have gas heat or use gas in your home here are some tips that could save your life.

If you have a propane gas tank located outside close to your house then it is being stored as a liquid under pressure in your tank and cylinders. In most residential applications, propane is used as a vapor. When liquid propane changes into a gas vapor, it expands in volume. This means that even a small leak of liquid propane can result in a much larger quantity of propane vapor, which can be especially dangerous in a confined space.

A chemical odorant has been added to propane to give it a distinct smell. Learn to identify this odor. Propane gas is heavier than air, so it will sink to the floor and spread. To check for the presence of propane, carefully smell all over a room, especially in low spots.

If you smell propane (LP) gas:
Exit your home immediately.
Propane gas can ignite easily. Do not light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone, or do anything that may create a spark.

From a safe area, contact your propane supplier and call 911.
If you are able, shut the propane gas supply off at the tank.
Stay away from your home until you’ve been told that it is safe to return.
If you have a gas meter and pay a natural gas supplier or utility then a chemical odorant has been added to your natural gas supply to give it a distinct smell. Learn to identify this odor. If you smell gas faintly, check all areas of your house for strong odor. If the smell is only faint throughout all areas of your home, call your heating contractor to get it fixed within 24 hours. Keep the house well ventilated by opening windows.

If you smell a strong, persistent odor:

  • Exit your home immediately.
  • Do not light a match, start an engine, use a cell phone, or do anything that may create a spark.
  • From a safe area, contact your gas company or call 911.
  • If you are able, turn the gas off at the meter.
  • Stay away from your home until you’ve been told that it is safe to return.

Regardless of whether or not you live in Washington, Missouri or need service in or around the outskirts of St. Louis including towns like Union, Eureka, Hermann, Sullivan, Pacific, Ownesville, Warrenton and others in between, we hope these insights and expert advice will serve you well.