Propane Education & Safety
Everything You Want To Know About Propane But Were Afraid To Ask
Maybe you’ve considered using propane, but didn’t feel you knew quite enough about this incredible alternative fuel. ThompsonGas has you covered! Here you will be able to get a solid understanding of just what propane is, how it’s so environmentally friendly and why more and more people are choosing to use propane every year!
What Is Propane?
Propane, often referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LP Gas), is actually the byproduct of both crude oil refining and natural gas processing. Did you know nearly 97% of propane used in the United States is produced in North America? This amazing fuel is able to help reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil. Propane is colorless, non-toxic and, in it’s natural state, odorless. A chemical is added to propane in order for the general public to detect leaks more easily.
Propane Is Better For The Environment Than Many Other Fuels
Propane is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels currently in use. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), has conducted a variety of tests that reveal propane powered vehicles produce anywhere from 30% to 90% less carbon monoxide than gasoline engines. Being nontoxic, propane is not harmful to water or soil.
Who Uses Propane?
Millions of American families use propane on a daily basis to fuel their home furnaces, cook their meals, and heat their swimming pools. Businesses use propane to power their forklifts, fuel their vehicle fleets and operate irrigation pumps. Chances are you know someone who utilizes propane in their daily lives!
Propane Is Everywhere!
There are more than 6,000 propane dealer locations across the nation. In rural areas where natural gas lines are not available, propane is the ideal fuel source. A testament to the increased use of propane is the fact that it is the only alternative fuel that has fueling stations available in every state!
Is Propane Safe To Use?
As part of the propane industry, ThompsonGas utilizes a variety of methods to ensure our propane arrives in your tank safely and securely. All of our appliances and equipment are created to the highest safety standards in the business.
Propane is less flammable than other types of fuel. In fact, propane simply won’t ignite when combined with air unless the ignition source exceeds 940° F!
In the event of a propane leak, the fuel simply doesn’t puddle on the ground, as gasoline will, rather it will vaporize into the air.
To learn more about all things propane and propane safety, continue exploring the sections below!