Propane Safety

Many consumers believe that Propane is an unsafe fuel.  Accidents can happen, but in reality, Liquid Propane Gas usage statistics combined with accident statistics tell a much different story.  According to a report by the Department of Energy, the individual risk of death caused by propane is about one in 37 million persons - this is about the same risk of a person on the ground being killed by an airplane crash, and much less than the risk of death by lightning, car crashes or shark attacks.

Propane
is one of the safest fuels
imaginable when it comes to the potential impact on our soil and water.  It is non-toxic, non-caustic and will not create an environmental hazard if released as a liquid or vapor into water or soil.  It does not damage freshwater or saltwater ecosystems, underwater plant or marine life.  It will not harm drinking water supplies if spilled on the ground and leaves no residue.

Propane has a very high auto ignition temperature, (temperature at which a fuel will ignite without spark or flame) extremely higher than gasoline or diesel making it a much safer energy source.  It is very unlikely that propane will randomly ignite.
Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.

Hollywood will also try to make us believe that propane tanks can EASILY explode and are very dangerous but that is not the case as the Myth Busters will disprove below.
In the movie Casino Royale, James Bond shoots a 100lb propane tank with a 9mm handgun from 20 feet away and it explodes.  Click on the propane tanks below to see the Myth Busters disprove 007's theory that propane tanks can explode by shooting them with a hand gun... or a shotgun for that matter.

Click to see how 007 is BUSTED by the Myth Busters for shooting and exploding a propane tank with a hand gun.
Most propane related accidents are caused by the improper installation of propane piping and appliances by unqualified persons.  This is why it is imperative to your safety and the safety of your family and the people around you to ONLY have Professional Certified Propane Gas Installation Technicians install your propane piping and appliances.

The Professional Certified Propane Gas Installation Technicians at Go Gas Ltd. have over 20 years training and experience to ensure safe and proper installations that gives you peace of mind.

Go Gas Ltd. is committed to safety by keeping up-to-date employee training, following strict local and National Fire Protection Agency codes and educating consumers on the safe use of propane.  The Kidde Carbon Monoxide and Explosive Gas Alarm is available through Go Gas Ltd., have one installed today and keep your family safe.  For only 5 cents per day you can have peace of mind by having a Go Gas Ltd. technician install a Kidde Carbon Monoxide and Explosive Gas Alarm in your home.
PROPANE SAFETY TIPS

  • Modifications or alterations to your propane system should be handled by Professional Certified Technicians only.
  • If the scent of propane is detected, extinguish all open flames and immediately leave the area where fumes are present.
  • Avoid touching electrical switches or appliances when a leak is suspected.
  • Turn the valve of the propane tank off and call a qualified technician for service.
  • Never tamper with your system's supply lines, safety devices, regulators, or storage tank fitting.
  • Never use an open flame to test for propane leaks.
Carbon Monoxide and Explosive Gas Alarm w/Battery Back Up
National Fire Prevention Association
Did you know?

One of the most common mis-perceptions about propane is that it causes and is responsible for the bulk of house fires.  Statistics presented by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) do not list propane as a leading cause of fires.  You are more likely to be struck by lightning than die in a fire caused by propane.

NFPA Fire Statistics: Major Causes of Fire

If propane were truly as unsafe as the public often believes it to be, it would be listed as a severe hazard by the authority on fire safety, by the NFPA.

  • Propane tanks are 20 times more puncture-proof than conventional gasoline tanks, making leaks even less likely.

  • Propane has a narrow range of flammability when compared with other petroleum products.  In order to ignite, the propane/air mix must contain from 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor.  If above or below these percentages, it is either too lean or too rich to ignite.

  • It has the lowest flammability rating of any alternative fuel.  It will not ignite until it reaches 940 degrees F, compared to gasoline at 430 to 500 degrees F.

  • Propane is easy to detect due to the strong pungent smell that imitates the scent of rotten eggs.