Propane users need to keep safe and warm during extreme cold

During the extremely cold winter weather expected this weekend, homes and business that use propane to generate heat or run appliances should make sure to take the following steps to keep everyone safe and warm:

If you smell gas inside or outside of your home or business, follow these instructions:

  • No flames or sparks! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate or turn on or off lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones.

  • Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

  • 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.

The Propane Gas Association of New England also offers an interactive online safety module for winter preparedness at .

More safety tips are online at and

About the Propane Gas Association of New England:

The Propane Gas Association of New England serves more than 700 members of the propane industry by promoting safety, education, and public awareness of the uses of propane.