WYOMING – Western Gas is conducting a voluntary safety recall to inspect certain propane which may not have contained a sufficient level of odorant and was distributed from two of their facilities in Wyoming to locations in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming and sold by various retailers from April 2015 through October 2017.
The message on the company website states: “Because odorant serves an important safety function, we are taking this issue of under-odorized propane very seriously and are cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to conduct this voluntary recall. Odorant is added to propane (which is odorless) to help alert users to a gas leak from a propane tank, fitting or appliance. Failure to detect leaking gas can present fire, explosion, and thermal burn hazards.”
Western Gas has notified its potentially affected customers, which are typically wholesale distributors that re-sell the propane to other distributors or retailers and consumers. We are working with our customers and their customers to help ensure that their propane contains a sufficient level of odorant. Local suppliers are inspecting the propane delivered to customer tanks to determine whether the tanks contain a sufficient level of odorant and are adding odorant to tanks if necessary.
Consumers who have purchased a portable cylinder should contact the retailer or call 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. The announcement says, “Do not light a match, turn on a light or switch on anything electrical” in that case.
The Western Gas toll-free number is 833-444-1451 and operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT weekdays, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.propaneawareness.com.
The recalled gas was sold to fill customers’ storage tanks or sold at retail locations in portable cylinders for use in recreational vehicles, barbecue grills, stoves, and other appliances. Propane tanks that have been inspected for the level of odorant or have been refilled after November 2017 are not affected.