Spring/Summer Weather Safety

This section provides basic information about propane safety and how to keep your family safe during Spring and Summer storms.

Spring and summer can be stormy seasons. Be prepared.

Know what propane smells like. It has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal.
Know how and where to turn off the propane. This includes your outdoor tank and your appliances inside. For help, contact your propane provider.

Important Things to Do to Prepare for Storms:

  • Make a list of instructions on how to turn of the electricity, propane, and water.
  • Consider installing carbon monoxide and propane gas detectors.
  • Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it regularly with your family in order to keep them safe during a storm, power outage, or other emergency.

Be Prepared and Be Safe

If a storm threatens your safety, special actions may be necessary. Listen to a local authorities, or television and radio station for information and instructions. If your power goes out, additional care is needed to keep safe.

NEVER use a portable generator indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.

NEVER use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. This can result in CO poisoning or death. These include outdoor portable heaters, barbecue grills, and portable generators.

NEVER store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.

NEVER use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.

After the Storm is Over

Use caution when inspecting your home or farm for damage:

  • Check for downed trees or power lines that can create safety hazards. Report any problems immediately.
  • DO NOT enter any buidings on your property unless it is safe to do so. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles.
  • NEVER turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This can result in electrocution.

High winds and hail can move, shift, or damage gas lines, tanks, and equipment.

  • Check your propane tank, appliances, chimneys, flue pipes, and vent connectors. If you see any damage or blockages, call your propane company.
  • If you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment or vehicles have been under water or damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply, DO NOT use until a service technician indicates it is safe.
  • If you find a propane tank on your property that is not yours – or if your propane tank is dislodged or missing – call your propane company or fire department immediately.

If You Smell Gas, at Anytime, Inside or Outside Your Home:


1. 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.

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 other building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.

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

6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances,your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.


Make Time for Safety

Thank you for making time for propane safety. To learn more, download our brochure 'Propane Safety for You and Your Family' or visit userpropane.com