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General Characteristics of Propane and Safety Reminders

Characteristics of Propane

·         It is a widely used fuel, which is transported and stored as a liquid under pressure and is usually used as a gas.

·         Propane can cause a severe freeze burn or frostbite can result if propane liquid comes in contact with your skin.

·         Propane is turned into a gas inside a tank or a cylinder.

·         In its natural form propane is colorless and odorless.  Therefore, to make it distinctive manufacturers add a smell similar to rotten eggs or a dead animal. 

·         Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many sources, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks, and static electricity. 

·         Propane vapors are heavier than air.  This caused the vapors to accumulate in low-lying areas such as basements, crawl spaces, ditches or along floors. 



Safety Reminders


·         Always keep flammable and combustible materials away from any open flames that originate from your appliances.

·         Know how to shut off the gas supply from your tank, meter or cylinder.  If you don’t know contact Direct Propane Services for help or see instructions below:



1) To shut off the propane supply at the tank, turn the hand wheel clockwise (to the right) as far as possible to make sure the valve is completely closed. If you are not sure how to shut off the gas supply from your meter or tank contact Direct Propane Services or your propane company for instructions. A service technician or driver can show you how to turn the propane supply off at your next scheduled delivery or service inspection.

2) If you have a meter, turn the valve at the meter a quarter turn in either direction so that the lever is crosswise to the pipe to turn it off.


·         Do not place your head near or directly over the valves on the tank.  A sudden release of product from the relief valve could result in a serious injury.

·         Do not store propane cylinders or containers inside any enclosed building.

·         Do not ignore the smell of propane. Please take it seriously because it could be an indication of a dangerous situation.

·         Never assume that propane odor is a result of your tank being empty.  If the odor is continuous then there could be a serious leak.

·         Contact Direct Propane Services or your regular company if the leak or smell of propane persists.