Propane Safety

Propane 101

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas), is one of the nation's most versatile sources of energy and domestically produced. This safe fuel serves approximately 60 million people in the United States in millions of homes, industry, farming fleets and more.
Green - Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane has always been a "green" fuel: far ahead of today's trends. Because propane is one of the lightest simplest hydrocarbons in existence, it is also one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. Using propane as a substitute for other fuels, like fuel oil and gasoline, is an economical and viable step toward cleaner air.
Versatile - Propane can effectively and efficiently fuel your entire home or business. From heating your home, water, cooking to drying your clothes or grilling - propane has you covered. Propane can also take you outside to fuel your farm or business, powering agricultural and landscaping equipment, or even fueling your fleet.
Affordable - Propane is priced competitively compared with electricity, heating oil, and other fuels. Not to mention, propane powered appliances are energy efficient which helps you save money on annual energy costs.

Consumer Safety Video Series

How to Read a Tank Gauge
How to Turn the Tank Off
If you Suspect a Gas Leak
Handling & Transporting Small Cylinders
Getting your Propane System Inspected
Appliance Conversion: Leave it to a Pro

(Click here to watch the Consumer Safety Series of Videos)

Leak Test

Leak tests are required any time there is an interruption of service, meaning the flow of gas was stopped for any reason. NFPA 54 (2006), 8.2.3 states that "Immediately after the gas is turned on into a new system or into a system that has been initially restored after an interruption of service, the piping system shall be tested for leakage. If leakage is indicated, the gas supply shall be shut off until the necessary repairs have been made."