Propane Safety

Propane Safety


  • One of the most versatile sources of energy in the nation.
  • Supplies 4% of total energy needs.
  • Exists as both a liquid and a gas.
  • Can be dangerous and must be used with caution.
  • Generally has a smell like rotten eggs, sewer gas, or a dead mouse.



If you smell gas:

  • Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
  • Shut off the gas. To close valve on propane tank, turn it to the right (clockwise) see video.
  • Leave the area immediately.
  • Report the leak right away by calling 217-774-2311 or your local fire department from a safe distance.
  • Do not return to the building or area until deemed safe by a technician.
  • Get your system checked by a professional to ensure it is leak-free before using any propane appliance.



Transport & storage:

  • Use only DOT-approved cylinders that are in good condition.
  • As the temperature changes, propane can expand and contract; cylinders should only be filled to 80% capacity.
  • When transporting a cylinder, make sure it is secured upright.
  • Never use a cylinder without a regulator.
  • Before lighting an appliance, check all connections for tightness. Never use matches or a lighter to check for leaks.
  • Turn off all valves on the cylinder when not in use.
  • Do not store cylinders indoors or in a vehicle.



What you need to know:

  • Can be fatal.
  • Caused by improperly vented or un-maintained appliances.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors are recommended; they will alert you when carbon monoxide is present.
  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, or moisture buildup on windows.
  • Think there is carbon monoxide present? Open doors and windows for ventilation and immediately call a qualified technician for help.

Want to know more? Visit the National Propane Gas Association’s website at