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Tips for the safe use of propane

Safety is the top priority for propane companies and everyone else in the propane industry. Propane has a remarkable safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). And in Arizona, your professional propane dealers and their technicians, drivers and staff, comply with state regulations that require periodic testing and training in order to ensure your safety.

Your propane company can visit your property at any time if you have safety concerns. It’s a good idea for you to schedule a service visit at least once a year so they can check all your propane tanks and appliances.

We encourage propane consumers in Arizona to learn more about propane and proper safety procedures. Below you’ll find information about what to do if you smell gas as well as safety modules for “best practices,” courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council.

What to do if you smell gas

If you think you smell propane in your home, camper, RV or the area around any gas equipment, or if a gas alarm signals the presence of propane, you should IMMEDIATELY follow these suggestions:

  • Extinguish all smoking materials and any other open flames or sources of ignition. Everyone should vacate the building, vehicle or area.
  • Move away without using any electric switches, appliances, thermostats or telephones.
  • If it is safe to do so, close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
  • Call your propane supplier and/or your local fire department from a mobile phone or a neighbor’s telephone.
  • Even if you do not continue to smell propane, do not open or turn on the propane supply valve. Do not reenter the building, vehicle or area. Let a qualified propane service technician and/or emergency personnel check for escaped propane.
  • Have a properly trained propane service technician repair the leak. The propane service technician or emergency responder needs to determine that the leak situation has been fully resolved. The propane service technician should check all of your gas appliances and relight any appliance pilots.
  • Return to the building, camper, RV or area only when the service or emergency technician indicates it is safe to do so.

Have more questions about propane safety?

Contact your propane dealer at any time. If it’s an emergency, always call, DO NOT email.

We encourage you to click the modules below to review other important information about propane safety.

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
Hurricane Preparedness
Spring/Summer Weather Safety
Winter Storm Preparedness
Wildfire Preparedness