Around the farm, there are many uses for propane gas, from grain drying to equipment fueling to building heating. A 2014 study by the Propane Education & Research Council shows that 40 percent of farms in the US use propane in one way or another. And farmers are continuing to find new ways to use it. With the growing popularity of propane as a source of fuel, it makes sense to educate those who use it--particularly those in the agricultural industry--regarding its basic properties and safety protocols.
Why do I need to be careful around propane?
Propane is a liquid fuel that is stored under pressure and becomes extremely flammable when it mixes with air. The smallest spark or flame can ignite propane gas. Liquid propane can cause severe freeze burns if it touches your skin. In most systems, propane is vaporized, becoming a gas, before it leaves the tank.
To add to how dangerous it is, propane is also colorless and odorless, making it hard to detect a leak. If a person inhales enough propane, it can lead to headaches, nausea, dizziness, and even unconsciousness. An odorant called ethyl-mercaptan is added to propane to increase the chance that an individual will smell a propane leak before it becomes too much of a threat.
What are some of the basic measures I should take to remain safe around propane?
11 December 2014
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