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APP Propane places safety first in all aspects of propane tank installation at a customers’ home and delivering fuel into customer tanks. Each new customer receives a no charge gas system check to assure a leak free gas system.

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APP Propane maintains the highest standards for qualified technical service and is committed to ongoing and up-to date training for our personnel. We believe safety and service go hand in hand.

Propane is a safe, reliable fuel. Like many other fuels, however, it is flammable. That means it can be dangerous if not handled properly. Remember, in order to protect you, your family and others, you must be aware of (and respect) the normal, everyday hazards around you. Propane is no exception. Your understanding of how to use your propane system safely will help your family and friends prevent accidents. The propane in your gas system is stored under pressure. While it’s stored, there’s no problem. But, in the unlikely event your system develops a leak (which can be caused by physical damage or deterioration) it can become dangerous. Propane burns at an even rate when properly mixed with air, as in your stove or furnace. But, if a leak occurs, a flame or spark could ignite it. If that happens, it could cause a fire or even an explosion. Although such accidents are rare, we want you to be aware of this possibility.


What is Propane?

Propane is a hydrocarbon, sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-Gas, or LPG. It is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining. While propane is used as a gas, it is transported and stored as a liquid under high pressure in specially designed containers referred to either as tanks or cylinders. When liquid propane changes into a gas vapor, it expands in volume by about 270 times, meaning that propane is very economical to store and transport as a liquid rather than as a gas vapor. This characteristic also means that even a small leak of liquid propane can result in a much larger quantity of propane vapor, which can be dangerous in a confined space.

If stored and handled properly, propane is very safe. However, if propane is not properly and safely stored and handled, it can cause property damage, injuries, or even death. For this reason, it is important for your safety to have a thorough understanding of the properties and characteristics of propane and the hazards and risks associated with its use.

Properties & Characteristics of Propane

In its natural state, propane is an odorless and colorless gas.

Know the Odor of Propane

In its natural state, propane is odorless and colorless. A chemical odorant has been added to give a distinct smell to the propane. The purpose of the odorant is to help people detect the presence of propane. It is important that everyone involved be able to distinguish the smell of odorized propane. Under certain conditions, a person may be prevented from smelling the odorant, i.e.:

If you Smell a Leak


Your Propane System has 4 Basics Parts:

The tank or cylinder is where the propane is stored. It is equipped with a shutoff valve, which turns the gas on or off. The regulator controls the gas pressure, while the gas piping carries the gas to your appliance(s). It is important for you to know the location of the main shutoff valve on the tank or cylinder. Remember its location and become familiar with how to shut it off in an emergency situation.

Before You Dig:

APP Safety Training:

At your request, we can provide propane safety training for you, either in your home or at your business. Our propane professionals can train you on how to safely handle propane and help your family or employees determine what to do in an emergency.