Propane Safety and High Country Propane
Here are some important things for you to know and remember when handling, using, storing or transporting propane.
- Liquid Propane is a hazardous material that vaporizes at -44 Fahrenheit. That’s cold enough to severely burn your skin.
- Propane Vapor is flammable so know the smell (like rotten eggs) and how to safely respond to the smell of propane.
- Liquid Propane vaporizes at 270 times it’s liquid volume so a little liquid propane makes a lot of propane gas.
- Liquid Propane is stored under pressure that increases as temperatures increase. Propane cylinders have pressure relief valves to vent propane gas if the internal pressure exceeds 250psi. Subjecting a cylinder to high temperatures can result in the unintentional release of propane vapor (like in a car in the summertime).
- Safely dispensing liquid propane from one cylinder into another requires training and proper safety equipment (PPE).
- Refilling a single-use (disposable) propane cylinder is a violation of DOT rules when that cylinder is transported on a public roadway.
- Propane Vapor is heavier than air so gravity carries it downhill and it can collect in basins (like basements). Never store propane indoors.
- Propane tanks should always transported in an upright position. The pressure relief valve of a propane tank vents vapor when the tank is upright but it will vent liquid propane if the valve is in the liquid space of the tank.
- DOT propane cylinders have a 12 year lifespan and can be re-certified for additional 5 year service periods. Re-certification requires a visual inspection of the tank, foot ring and collar in addition to being being in compliance with all current DOT standards.
- ASME propane tanks do not have service lifespans but may be taken out of service if they are corroded or damaged.
- When propane tank valves or gauges stop working the tank must be temporarily taken out of service for replacement.
- Children must be taught propane safety and respect the appropriate level of caution required around propane tanks and appliances.
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|BTU Per Gallon||91,502|
|BTU Per Cubic Foot||2,488|
|BTU Per Pound||21,548|
|Pounds Per Gallon||4.24|
|Cubic Feet Per Gallon||36.39|
|Cubic Feet Per Pound||8.66|
|Specific Gravity of Vapor||1.50|
|Specific Gravity of Liquid||0.504|
|Boiling Point in Degrees F||-.44|
|Vapor Pressure in PSIG at 0 F||23.5|
|Vapor Pressure in PSIG at 100 F||196|
|Propane Chemical Formula||C3-H8|
|Motor Fuel RIM||104|
|Cu.Ft. Air Required to Burn 1 Cu.Ft. Gas||23.5|
|Ignition Temperature||920-1120 Degrees F|
|Maximum Flame Temperature||3595 Degrees F|
|Flashpoint||156 Degrees F|
|Flammability||L.E.L. 2.15 U.E.L. 9.6|