Propane Information

Tips to Avoid a Gas Leak
  • Know where gas lines are located, so you won't damage them when digging or working in the yard.
  • If your tank is located where snow drifts, make sure to clear snow away from regulators and lines.
  • Always cap unused lines, even if they have shut off valves.
  • If you install new appliances call your provider so they  can update their information and preform a leak test.

Care and Maintenance of Appliances
  • Always follow Manufactures recommendations.
  • Change or clean furnace filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer. ·
  • Never store cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids near a gas-burning appliance where vapors could be ignited by the pilot light.

You can also visit the Propane Education & Research Council’s Safety section to learn more. ( 

What if I smell gas?

If you think you smell a gas leak, please follow these steps immediately:
  • Evacuate everyone from the house.
  • Do not turn lights on or off.
  • Turn off the supply at the tank.
Using  a cell phone or a neighbor's phone call your local propane provider (719-478-5000) or local fire department.
To find out what propane gas smells like, contact your local Propane provider to have a “Propane Users Safety Guide” mailed to you.

Propane has Built-in Safety Properties.
  • Propane won't ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches 940°F.
  • Propane gas is nontoxic and produces minimal emissions.
  • Propane is not harmful to soil or water.

Propane has a narrow range of flammability when compared with other petroleum products. In order to ignite, the propane/air mix must contain from 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor. If the mixture contains less than 2.2 percent gas, it is too lean to burn. If it contains more than 9.6 percent, it is too rich to burn.

Nearly 5 million U.S. households already rely on propane for home heating and 3 million use propane for residential water heating.  Propane is used on more than 865,000 farms to power irrigation pumps, grain dryers, standby generators, and other equipment.

Because propane is virtually odorless and colorless in its natural state, a commercial odorant is added so propane can be detected if it leaks from its container.

Propane is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.