What is propane gas?
Propane is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP gas, or LPG. It is produced from either natural gas processing or crude oil refining. About 90 percent of our propane is produced in America, making it a stable, domestic energy source. It is nontoxic, colorless and virtually odorless – but, for your protection, odor is added so it can be easily detected when necessary. The chemical odorant that is added is called ethyl mercaptan, which has a strong smell similar to rotten eggs.
Propane is an environmentally responsible fuel. It is much cleaner than home heating oil, kerosene, or electricity. It is also up to 99 percent efficient. Coal-burning, electric power plants emit twice as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as propane, at a 28 percent efficiency rate. Propane is a valuable alternative to electricity and significantly reduces emission of greenhouse gases.
Compact and easy to transport, Blossman propane is delivered to the most remote areas of a community, as well as local neighborhoods that don’t have access to natural gas.
Is propane flammable?
- Propane has a narrow range of flammability. The propane/air mix must contain 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor to ignite. Any less than 2.2 percent and the mixture is too lean to burn. Any more than 9.6 percent and the mixture is too rich to burn.
- Propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches at least 940°F. In contrast, gasoline will ignite when the source of ignition reaches 430° to 500°F.
- Propane is released as a vapor from a pressurized container. Propane is stored as a liquid in its tank. In the unlikely event that liquid propane leaks, it will vaporize and dissipate into the air.
What do I do if I smell gas?
If you think you smell propane in your home, RV or the area around any gas equipment; or if a gas alarm signals the presence of propane, you should do the following:
- Extinguish all smoking materials and turn off any open flames
- Vacate the building or vehicle immediately
- Do not use any electrical switches, appliances, thermostats or telephones in the affected area
- Turn your main gas shutoff valve to the off position (righty, tighty)
- Call Blossman and/or your local fire department from a cell phone or neighbor’s phone
- Do no re-enter the building until advised to do so
An odorant is purposely put into the tank to help easily detect leaks or broken pipes. Safety is our #1 priority.
Even if you do not continue to smell propane, do not turn on the supply valve until a qualified Blossman service technician or emergency personnel tests for escaped propane. NEVER test for propane using an open flame. Only suitable leak detection devices should be used. Your Blossman service technician will check all of your appliances and re-light any gas pilots when the leak situation has been fixed.
What do I do if there is a pilot outage?
- Call Blossman’s customer care team
- Turn off gas at the tank
- Wait for company employee to arrive
What do I do if I suspect a carbon monoxide leak?
- Turn off the appliance
- Get everyone to fresh air immediately
- Open windows and doors to air out the room or building
- Call 911 or call your local fire department to check for CO contamination
How can I prepare for a flood or hurricane?
- If possible, secure the propane tank
- Turn the main gas shutoff valve to the off position (righty, tighty)
- Fasten the protective dome on the tank
- Turn off appliance pilot lights, control valves and manual shutoff valves
- Be sure the tank’s fuel supply level is above 30 percent
After the flood or hurricane has passed, look for any signs of structural damage.
Call your Blossman service technician if:
- You smell propane gas
- The propane tank has shifted or moved
- The tank regulator was exposed to water
- The gas lines have pulled away from the tank or appliance or if the lines are damaged, bent or broken
- Propane appliances or controls were exposed to water
What are the advantages of grilling with propane?
Good question! Using charcoal is often cumbersome, time-consuming and produces ashes that must be disposed of. Grilling with propane is clean and easy – you get that delicious grilled flavor without the hassle. Gas grills can also connect to a direct line so you never have to refill your portable tank.
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