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.



  • 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.





  • 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.


Do you have a propane safety question?

Call us today in Eagar at (928) 333-9900 or in Gardnerville at (775) 783-8369 


We Provide Local Propane Services to the following communities –

Eagar Arizona, Springerville Arizona, Greer Arizona, Alpine Arizona, St Johns Arizona, Nutrioso Arizona, Reserve New Mexico, Alma New Mexico and Luna New Mexico.

Gardnerville Nevada, Minden Nevada, Wellington Nevada, Topaz Lake Nevada, Markleeville California, Coleville California, Walker California, Bridgeport California

Propane Safety Videos

What To Do If You Suspect A Propane Leak


How To Turn Off Your Propane Tank


How To Read A Propane Tank Guage


How To Handle and Transport Small Propane Cylinders


Getting Your Propane System Inspected


Need Propane Safety Info?

Use our Download Library!


Propane Consumer Safety Information


Important Residential Propane Safety Info 


Cal Fire Defensible Space Flyer


Small Cylinder Safety Booklet


Underground Propane Tank Ownership


Above Ground Tank Ownership


Propane Safety and Extreme Heat 


Propane Safety and Thunderstorms


Propane Safety and Power Outages



Above ground tank installation setbacks

Underground tank installation setbacks


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
Octane Number 125
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
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