Recongizing Propane:

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Propane is naturally colorless and odorless. Manufacturers purposefully added a chemical to propane to give it a very strong pungent odor. This helps alerts customers to propane leaks, which can create a safety hazard. Propane typically smells like rotten eggs or skunk's spray or a dead animal.


The following reasons could be reasons one may have difficulty smelling propane:

  • Cold, allergies, sinus congestion, or other medical conditions
  • Tobacco, alcohol or drug use
  • As people age, their sense of smell becomes less sensitive
  • Over exposure can cause your nose to grow tired or desenstized

Other factors:

  • Tobacco smoke and or cooking odors can mask the smell of propane
  • Propane smell in a far away or rarely used room, i.e. basement or attic
  • Odor loss - unintended reduction in propane odor

For all of the above reasons, you should contact Clark Gas & Oil immediately even if the odor is faint!

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