Safety tips for fuel use


Concerned about the number of recent fires involving liquefied petroleum gas in Maryland, state Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabriele has issued a list of safety tips for citizens who use the fuel.

There are two types of liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas), propane and butane. Propane is more commonly used.

LP-gas is generally odorless and invisible in its natural state, but an odorant is added to the gas to help people easily detect the presence of the gas should a leak occur.

* LP-gas cylinders should be stored and used in the upright position.

* LP-gas cylinders should be located to protect the regulator ZTC valve and piping from physical damage, tampering or excessive temperatures.

* With rare exception, LP-gas cylinders should not be stored or used inside buildings.

* Excessive heat or open flame-producing devices should not be used near propane cylinders or supply lines.

* Propane cylinders should be serviced and maintained only by qualified, professional technicians.

* Should the odor of gas be detected, the local emergency 911 center should be contacted and the premises evacuated immediately.

* When possible, do not store LP-gas in direct sunlight. Extreme heat will cause the liquefied gas to vaporize, causing excessive pressures within the cylinders.

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