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  2. Can You Smell it?
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2. Can You Smell It?
Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk's spray, or a dead animal. Some people amy have difficulty smelling propane due to their age (older people may have a less sensitive sense of smell); a medical condition; or the effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

Odor Loss. On rare occasions, propane can lose its odor. Several things can cause this, including the following:
  • The presence of air, water, or rust in a propane tank or cylinder.
  • The passage of leaking propane through the soil.
Since there is a possibility of odor loss or problems with your sense of smell, you should respond immediately to even a faint odor of gas.

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