Fall is here!
The leaves are changing colors, football season is in full swing, and shorts and tank tops are being replaced by jeans and hooded sweatshirts.
The cooler temperatures will also inspire you to turn on your propane-powered furnace for the first time in months.
Before you flip that switch, have your furnace and propane tanks checked. Unused over the summer, those devices could have sustained damaged without your knowledge. And damage can lead to gas or propane leaks, which could be deadly.
How can you tell if there’s a gas or propane leak? Here are a couple of clues:
- You detect a smell of rotten eggs, skunk or dead animal. If you can’t find the source of an odd smell, call your furnace or propane service technician and have your equipment examined. If you smoke or have a cold, you may not immediately smell the gas. Sometimes the odor of propane can fade due to a rusted tank or the absorption of odor into building materials, fabrics, or soil (in underground leaks).
- You hear a hissing noise near a gas appliance or propane tank.
A propane gas detector installed in your home will notify you of a leak without any guesswork, so it’s a good idea to get one – especially at this time of year.
If you do find a leak, turn off the gas or propane, leave the house and call 9-1-1. Then, contact Lakes Gas to perform an inspection of your propane tanks before you return to your home. All leaks should be treated as serious, no matter how small. What may seem like overreacting might save your life.