Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Propane manufacturers add the smell deliberately to help alert customers to propane leaks, which can create a safety hazard.
Take the Sniff Test.
Teach everyone in your home or building what propane smells like. You can use the blue circle on the page opposite of the inside front cover. Or, ask your propane retailer for a demonstration.
Can You Smell It?
- It may be hard for some people to smell propane for the following reasons:
- They have a cold, allergies, sinus congestion, or another medical condition.
- Their sense of smell is reduced due to use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
- Tobacco smoke, cooking odors, and other strong odors can mask the smell of propane
- As people age, their sense of smell can become less sensitive.
- If the smell of propane is present in the air over a period of time, “odor fatigue” can occur. The nose “gets tired,” and a person no longer smells the propane odor.
- The propane smell may not be strong enough to wake up someone who is sleeping.
- The propane smell may be in a location (basement or attic) where it is not detected by people in other areas of the building.
- A phenomenon called “odor loss” can occur—an unintended reduction in the concentration of the odor of propane.
Cline Energy Propane provides services in Ross, Vinton and Jackson counties in Ohio. Give us a call today if you live in Chillicothe, Bainbridge, Frankfort, Adelphi, Kingston, Clarksburg, South Salem, Jackson, Wellston, Coalton, Oak Hill, McArthur, Hamden, Zaleski, Wilkesville or any other town within our service area.