Propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8), also referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas or LPG), and is produced from crude-oil refining or natural gas processing. Most propane used in North American is produced in the the USA or Canada.
Although it is nontoxic, colorless and odorless, a special odor is added so that it can be readily detected. As with any flammable product, please exercise caution when using and handling.
Propane fuel is safer for a number of reasons. Firstly, it does not contain lead. Secondly, it has low sulfur content and, therefore, is better for the environment. Burning propane creates lower gas emissions known more-commonly as the "greenhouse" effect, which means it cleaner. When it's burned off, it produces harmless water vapor and carbon dioxide - two things naturally produced by the environment.
Propane appliances and equipment are more long-lasting than electrical appliances and equipment produced for the same purpose. Propane water heaters, furnaces, direct-vent space-heating units, pool heaters, and other equipment are more efficient also.
Propane systems are an excellent choice for energy production when there is a power outage. Areas prone to power failures are prime locations for propane consideration. Just ask us if you need help with a propane system.
As with any source of fuel, please exercise caution. Exercising safety protects people, property, and the environment. Here are some tips.
Equipment and fuel containers should be inspected regularly to ensure that they are in good working condition at all times. If you notice something wrong, such as a weak valve or old parts, don't attempt to fix it yourself. Instead, please contact a licensed/certified professional to look at it. Only authorized personnel should be altering, modifying or repairing fuel systems, especially if there are live sources of fuel in those systems.
If you detect the pungent odor of propane, resembling the stench of rotten eggs, extinguish all open flames and immediately leave the area where the fumes are originating from. Ventilate the area if doing so does not pose a threat.
Avoid contact with electrical switches, appliances, telephones or your cell phones. Static or electrical system sparks can ignite the gas that is in the air.
Keep in mind that propane gas is heavier than air and that the gas will accumulate in the bottom of a room if leaking. Gas will travel from higher to lower rooms such as a basement. This is especially important to consider when children and pets are present.
Turn off any propane system valves on the propane storage unit if doing so does not pose a threat.
Install an electronic leak detector and a carbon monoxide detector as an extra measure.
Never use an open flame to test for propane gas leaks.