Propane Resource Center
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.
- APP Safety begins with a thorough driver and service technician training program
- APP provides a no charge gas system safety inspection for each homeowner. With APP, safety is always #1.
- LPG industry propane resources available for detailed information found below.
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.
GET TO KNOW PROPANE
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.
- A chemical odorant is added to propane to give it a distinct smell.
- Propane is stored as a liquid under pressure in tanks and cylinders.
- In most residential applications, propane is used as a vapor.
- If propane comes in contact with your skin, it can result in frost burns.
- Concentrations of propane may cause flash fires or explosions.
- Propane vapor is heavier than air, and it may collect initially at floor levels or in other low areas before it begins to dissipate; therefore, to check for the presence of propane, carefully smell all over a room, especially in low spots.
- Even a slight gas odor may signal a serious propane gas leak and you should take immediate action if you smell gas or suspect a leak.
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.:
- Cold, allergies, congestion or other similar medical conditions.
- Use of tobacco, alcohol and/or drugs.
- Decline in a person’s sense of smell.
- Olfactory fatigue from being exposed to the odorant for a period of time.
- Odor masking where strong odors can overpower the smell of the odorant.
- Leaking gas passing through soil may reduce the smell of the odorant.
- The odorant in the propane may not awaken a sleeping person.
If you Smell a Leak
- DO get everyone out of the home or facility and away from the site.
- DO NOT attempt to find the leak.
- DO NOT attempt to repair your equipment or light your pilot light.
- DO NOT turn on or off light switches.
- DO NOT use a telephone inside the home or facility or nearby area.
- DO NOT light matches anywhere inside the home or facility.
- DO attempt to shut off the valves at the tank
- DO call APP Propane and the fire department for help from a telephone away from the home or facility.
HOW TO BE SAFE WITH PROPANE
Your Propane System has 4 Basics Parts:
- A tank or cylinder, equipped with a main shutoff valve
- One or more regulators, designed to reduce pressure between the container and your appliance(s)
- Gas piping, to carry the propane to your appliance(s)
- Gas appliance(s)
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.
- Learn what propane smells like.
- Know where gas lines are located, so you won’t damage them when digging or working in the yard.
- Change or clean furnace filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Don’t store cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids near a gas-burning appliance where vapors could be ignited by the pilot light.
Before You Dig:
- Call the Diggers Hotline (811) before you dig.
- Before you dig on your property contact a line locator service to locate your underground lines.
- The size and location of your gas system may require compliance with federal, state, or local laws. For example, underground lines that run under a public place may require that you register with the Digger’s Hotline/”One-Call” Program. Consult the proper authorities and the Office of Pipeline Safety .
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.