Health Canada issues warning about propane tanks in Manitoba

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WINNIPEG — Health Canada has issued a warning to anyone who owns a propane tank, after the organization found it could be missing an important additive.

On Friday, Health Canada issued an alert saying certain propane gas sold in Manitoba and Saskatchewan contain an insufficient amount of the required odourant that is added to propane to help alert consumers to a gas leak. Failure to detect leaking gas can pose fire, explosion and burn hazards to consumers if the gas is in the presence of an ignition source.

The affected propane gas was manufactured by Crescent Point Energy and sold between April 2009 and October 2015, however, it’s unclear the amount of gas sold without the additive.

The gas was delivered by various companies directly to consumers for use in storage tanks or sold at retail locations for use in portable refillable tank such as those used for recreational vehicles, barbecues, stoves and other appliances. Some of the propane was also sold to businesses.

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Health Canada said there have been no reported incidents of injuries related to the warning so far.

If you are concerned about your propane tank you can contact a local retail propane supplier for an inspection. Other options include contacting the Crescent Point Energy hotline at 1-866-421-4266 or going online to arrange for an inspection.

If the propane contains insufficient odourant, Crescent Point Energy will immediately arrange for appropriate odourization or provide a replacement portable propane tank.