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Propane & Safety

Propane has an excellent safety record due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association.  At Johnston’s Propane, safety is our highest priority.

Propane is a hydrocarbon that is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil processing.  It is nontoxic, colorless and odorless.  Manufacturers add a chemical odorant to give it a strong unpleasant smell similar to rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal.  This helps alert customers to propane leaks, which can create a safety hazard.  Make sure everyone in your home or business can recognize the smell of propane. 


Please read and follow the important safety tips below.


What to do if you smell gas

If you think you smell propane in your home, or the area around any gas equipment, or a gas alarm signals the presence of propane, you should immediately follow these steps:

  1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS.  Put out all smoking materials and any other open flames or sources of ignition.  Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones.  Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.

  2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY.  Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

  3. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so.  To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

  4. REPORT THE LEAK.  From a neighbor’s home or away from the gas leak, call us and/or your local fire department or 911 right away.

  5. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until a propane service technician or emergency responder determines that it is safe to do so.

  6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED.  Have our propane technician repair the leak before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances.  The propane technician should safety check all of your gas appliances and re-light any appliance pilots. 


New York Propane Gas Association:     

                                  Propane Safety & Training:

National Propane Gas Association:           


Propane Education & Research Council:

Safety Links

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