Propane is delivered to your home by truck (as a very cold liquid) and is pumped into a specially designed storage tank. The liquid changes into gas before it leaves the tank.
If you have an underground tank, only the cover will be visible above ground.
The cover on top of the tank protects several components from weather and physical damage, including:
Propane requires a large volume of air to burn properly. In fact, 23.5 cubic feet of air is required to burn just one cubic foot of propane. With adequate ventilation, an operating burner produces a number of harmless products such as carbon dioxide and water vapour. But a propane appliance starved of oxygen can quickly produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide (CO).
For safety’s sake, use your propane appliance only for the purpose for which it was designed. For example: Do not use a cooking appliance as a space heater. Never use an un-vented heater even for temporary heating, in a residence, in an enclosed space, or any place where sleeping accommodation is provided (unless expressly permitted in your jurisdiction). Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning could result.
Never store propane cylinders indoors!
A regulator is located between the cylinder and the hose connection to the appliance. The regulator reduces the gas pressure from the cylinder and maintains a constant pressure for delivery to an appliance.
A regulator should always be installed with its vent opening pointing downwards. Where neccessary, shield the regulator with a proper cover to prevent the entry of rain, freezing snow or other liquids. The cover will also prevent the ice build-up over the vent opening during the winter. A plugged regulator vent can cause excessive pressure resulting in high flames and explosions when the appliance is ignited or operating.
Under some circumstances, you may not smell a propane leak. Propane gas detectors are designed to sound an alarm if they sense the presence of propane. Their operation does not depend on the concentration of odourant in the air, just the propane concentration at the detector.
We recommend that you consider installing one or more propane gas detectors. This is important if you or others in your home have difficulty smelling propane, or if appliances are in seldom-used areas in your home where the smell of propane might not be detected. Detectors can provide an additional measure of security.
Detector Quality is Important:
Never ignore the smell of propane, even if no detector is sounding an alarm to signal the presence of propane.
However, if a detector is sounding an alarm, treat the situation as an emergency. Act immediately, even if you do not smell propane.
Even if you install gas detectors, have a qualified Sparlings technician inspect your propane system and propane appliances periodically.
Consider an annual maintenance program like 24PROPLUS™ from Sparlings.
Safe Handling of Propane Cylinders:
Refillable propane cylinders are used in many applications today. The most popular size is the 20-lb. propane cylinder used with many backyard barbecues. A propane cylinder must have a safety examination and be recertified at 10 year intervals, beginning from the date of the original manufacturer stamped on the collar of the cylinder. It is illegal to fill a propane cylinder older than 10 years that has not been recertified. Corroded or damaged propane cylinders could leak propane. Outdated relief valves may not operate as intended. Either of these conditions could lead to a fire or explosion.
If your propane cylinder is 10 years old, you, as owner, have one of two choices: disposal or recertification. If you wish to have your propane cylinder recertified, any qualified propane supplier will have the cylinder recertified and date stamped if the cylinder complies with the requirements. Your propane cylinder, when recertified, is good for another 10 years of service.
Do not attempt to dispose of your old cylinder by putting it in the garbage. Take your propane cylinder to Sparlings Propane for disposal.