More than 45 million gallons of propane distributed in a five-state region is being recalled because insufficient odor may keep leaks from being detected.
An alert from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission released Thursday warned that failure to detect the leaking gas presents risks for fire, explosion and burns.
The propane was manufactured by Western Gas and distributed in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. It may have been delivered to customers’ small storage tanks or purchased from various retailers in portable cylinders from April 2015 through October 2017.
Approximately 45.7 million gallons of “under-odorized” propane is being recalled, according to the alert.
“Consumers should not attempt to test the propane themselves. Instead, consumers who have propane delivered to storage tanks should immediately contact their supplier or Western Gas to determine whether their propane is affected and arrange for a free inspection. If the inspection confirms the propane contains insufficient levels of odorant, Western Gas will promptly arrange for additional odorization or replacement of the under-odorized propane. Consumers who have purchased a portable cylinder should contact the retailer or the Western Gas hotline to determine whether their propane may be affected and if so, return the cylinder to the retailer for a replacement. If consumers do smell even a faint odor of gas or a gas leak, they should immediately leave the building and call 911 or their gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone. Do not light a match, turn on a light or switch on anything electrical.” the alert stated.
It strongly advised consumers against testing propane themselves.