Propane has an excellent track record because the propane industry has high safety standards and the government carefully regulates the industry. Star Tex Propane is fully committed to safety as we provide dependable propane delivery and gas product services to our valued customers. This commitment to safety is fundamental to our entire organization’s mission and is reflected in everything we do.
However, we still want to ensure that you know about the safe handling and use of propane. Here are essential safety tips for you and your loved ones:
Propane has no natural odor, so producers add a gas called ethyl mercaptan or methanethiol. This gas is an odorant that makes propane smell like rotten eggs, spoiled meat or skunk spray. The odor should help you identify a propane leak.
We also recommend installing UL-listed (approved by Underwriters Laboratories) gas detectors to alert you to propane leaks. Carbon monoxide detectors, while essential, don’t detect leaking gas.
Propane has an extremely low toxicity, but it is highly flammable and an asphyxiating gas. Exposure to a propane leak can deprive you of oxygen, leading to nausea, dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, coughing and irregular heartbeat. High exposure levels can cause convulsions, loss of consciousness, asphyxiation and heart failure. A propane leak is also an explosion risk.
Regardless of whether you’re in your home or another place with propane appliances, you should follow the steps below if you smell gas or receive an alert from your gas leak detector. Doing so could be critical to ensuring your safety and the well-being of your family:
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has many videos covering vital propane safety issues. You can watch these videos below.