Propane Safety


Propane heater indoor safety, propane tank safety and other tips

Propane has a remarkable safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

And on our end, Williamson Gas technicians, drivers and the rest of our staff all comply with state regulations that require periodic testing and training in order to ensure the safety of all concerned.

Propane: a remarkably safe fuel

  • Because propane is virtually odorless and colorless in its natural state, a commercial odorant is added so propane can be detected if it leaks from its container.
  • Each year, thousands of industry employees and firefighters attend service and safety schools sponsored by the industry. The sessions provide important training in how to quickly control and safely handle a propane emergency.
  • Propane equipment and appliances are manufactured to rigorous safety standards.
  • Propane gas is nontoxic, so it’s not harmful to soil and water.
  • 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% propane vapor. If the mixture contains less than 2.2% gas, it is too lean to burn. If it contains more than 9.6%, it is too rich to burn.
  • Propane won’t ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches at least 920º In contrast, gasoline will ignite when the source of ignition reaches only 430 º–500 º.
  • Propane is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.
  • The Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) is a nationally recognized training program for people involved in the handling of propane, as well as propane equipment and appliances. CETP is used extensively throughout the country and it continues to expand and stay updated.

Do you want to know more about propane safety?

Contact your friends at Williamson Gas at any time. If you smell gas or have another emergency, always call, DO NOT email.

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Safety tips

What is Propane?
What to Do If You Smell Gas
Can You Smell It?
Maintaining Your Propane Appliance
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Lighting Pilot Lights
Running Out of Gas
Using Space Heaters Safely
Safe Grilling
Small Cylinder Transportation and Storage
Power Outages
Flood Preparedness
Hurricane Preparedness
Spring/Summer Weather Safety
Winter Storm Preparedness
Wildfire Preparedness