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Propane Safety

Protect your home and loved ones

Dorr Oil has been locally operated here in greater Manchester for more than 20 years. We’re your neighbors, and our primary focus is making sure you are safe when it comes to providing you with propane delivery, propane tank installation and propane equipment installation and service.

Another way we help you stay safe is by letting you know about propane safety and propane tank safety so you can protect your family and property.

What to do if you smell gas

Propane gas is naturally odorless, so during production an ingredient is added to give it a distinct odor so leaks can be detected. That smell is usually described as being like rotten eggs.

If you smell that rotten-egg odor, you need to know what to do. The directions below are necessary so you can protect lives and property, and must be followed as soon as you smell gas.

  • Put out any open flames, candles, cigarettes or other sources of ignition.
  • Get everyone out IMMEDIATELY.
  • Do not use thermostats, phones, electrical switches or appliances until you’re safely away.
  • Turn off the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder if you can safely get to it.
  • Once you are safely away from the leak, call 911 and Dorr Oil.
  • Give emergency personnel and the propane service technicians time to check for escaped gas and do any needed repairs.

Even if you no longer smell gas, don’t try to go back to the site of the leak or turn on the propane supply valve. Only a trained propane service technician should repair the leak, inspect all of the gas appliances and relight all pilots. Wait until you get permission from emergency personnel or the service technician to return.

More propane safety tips

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) created the learning modules below so you can learn about safely using propane. Topics include propane heater safety, how to store and transport propane cylinders like the one for your BBQ grill and more!

Click on the modules below to get started.

What is Propane?
What to Do If You Smell Gas
Can You Smell It?
Maintaining Your Propane Appliance
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Lighting Pilot Lights
Running Out of Gas
Using Space Heaters Safely
Safe Grilling
Small Cylinder Transportation and Storage
Power Outages
Flood Preparedness
Spring/Summer Weather Safety
Winter Storm Preparedness
Wildfire Preparedness