Propane Safety Tips for Your Home, Farm or

General Tips

To readily recognize a leak, know what propane smells like. It has a
strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk's spray or a dead
animal.  Fevig has pamphlets available with a scratch-and-sniff spot so
that your entire family can recognize the smell. If you are a current
propane customer, you received this pamphlet at your first delivery, and
we mail you one every year.  Propane leak detectors, similar to carbon
monoxide detectors, are available. Call us for information!

If you smell a leak, immediately evacuate everyone from the building
and call us or the fire department from your neighbor's phone. DO NOT
remain in the building, use the telephone or light switches or try to
determine the source of the leak by yourself.

Be aware of where gas service lines are located, especially when
working in your yard.

Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in the gas controls of
an appliance. If you suspect that your appliance gas controls may have
gotten wet (because of flooding, for example), have a trained technician
replace them immediately.

Heating Appliances

All furnaces can collect lint and dirt and should be cleaned regularly.
Call us for information on proper cleaning, and follow the manufacturer's

Water Heaters

Drain your tank periodically (until water runs clean - usually 2 to 3
gallons) to get rid of sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank.


Have your unit serviced if the burner flame is not blue. The blue flame
indicates complete combustion. A yellow flame means air inlets are
clogged or burners need adjustment. If you see yellow flame, call us
immediately. Do not cover the oven bottom with foil - it can restrict air

Never use gas ranges for home heating!!

                                ~Information obtained from
If you run out
of propane,
we are
required to
perform a
safety test on
your system.  
A responsible
adult must be

We will not
propane to
an empty
tank without
this safety

Note - if you are not
on our Keep-Full
program, there is a
fee for the leak test.