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Propane Safety


Safety is our top priority, so we take great care in the transportation and delivery of propane to your home, business, or construction site. We even offer the option to add an advanced gas monitoring system to your propane tank to create faster response times and lessen concerns about running out of gas.

While propane is a safe, clean, and efficient fuel, it is important that you are aware of several basic tips for your protection. The following information can help prevent a propane hazard from occurring on your property and offers precautionary directions for what to do in the case of an emergency.

Preventative Measures for Propane Safety

  • Whether you lease or own your propane tank, having maintenance (tank monitoring, cathodic protection, safety inspection) performed regularly is critical to your home and family’s safety. If your tank is owned by Tech Air Mid-Atlantic Propane, we’ll make sure to schedule this service for you. If you own your own tank, please remember to schedule this with us annually for your protection.
  • Also, remember to schedule an annual tune-up for your complete heating system with your local, certified HVAC provider to make sure all components are in working order.
  • Don’t risk running out of gas! This can result in serious safety hazards including fires and explosions. Make sure your tank has fuel in it all times.
  • Propane has an added odor so it is easy detectable should a propane leak occur.

Important Information about Gas Leaks

Can you smell propane in your home?

  • Propane has a distinct scent similar to sulfur or rotten eggs, making it easy to detect.
    • If you smell this in your home, react accordingly:
      • Immediately put out any smoking materials or open flames.
      • Do not touch or turn on any light switches or appliances, as this can cause a spark.
      • Leave the building immediately.
      • Turn off your main gas supply if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
      • Away from your property, report a leak by calling 911 or contacting us at (800) 949-5157 or (410) 565-6427 right away.
      • ONLY return to the area if a Tech Air Mid-Atlantic Propane certified employee, emergency responder, or service technician deems it safe.
    • If you are unaware of this smell and you do not currently smell it in your home, please call our office and we will provide you with more information.

Do you suspect carbon monoxide (CO) is present in your home?

  • Although extremely rare, CO can be released by appliances that are not operating correctly or from a blocked venting system or chimney. This makes annual system maintenance crucial. If you suspect CO may be present in your home, turn off any appliances that may be emitting the gas, allow fresh air into your home, and call your local fire department.

If you have any questions regarding gas safety or what to do in an unlikely emergency, please contact us immediately. Additionally, these propane resources or our FAQ page contain more information to help answer your questions.