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smelling propaneWhen it comes to propane and keeping your family and North Carolina home safe, your nose knows best!

Propane is naturally odorless, but propane manufacturers add a chemical to it to give propane a distinct odor so that it smells like rotten eggs. That smell is there to make detecting a propane leak easier.

If you smell that rotten-egg smell in your home, don’t panic. Act quickly and follow these instructions and precautions.


If your home has any kind of a fuel-burning appliance (anything that uses propane, for example, or fireplaces) or an attached garage, you must install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and outside all bedrooms. Test them twice a year when we switch to or from Daylight Savings Time and replace the batteries each time. Carbon monoxide detectors must be replaced every five years.

We strongly recommend that you install propane leak detectors in your home. They’re a backup in case something like rust inside your propane tank inhibits the rotten-egg smell.

Propane leak detectors are inexpensive, and you can find them at hardware and home improvement stores.

Professional, regular maintenance of your propane appliances helps to spot problems that can lead to more expensive repairs or compromised safety.

Go to our Propane Safety page to learn more.

Contact Parker Gas to learn more about keeping safe in your home.