What is Propane?
In its natural state, propane is an odorless and colorless gas that is
widely used to fuel appliances for heating, cooking and other uses.
While propane is used as a gas for fueling appliances, it is transported
and stored as a liquid under high pressure in specially designed
containers referred to either as tanks or cylinders. When liquid propane
changes into a gas vapor, it expands in volume by about 270 times,
meaning that propane is very economical to store and transport as a
liquid rather than as a gas vapor. However, this characteristic also
means that even a small leak of liquid propane can result in a much
larger quantity of propane vapor, which can be especially dangerous in a
Similar to any other flammable gas or flammable liquid, propane is very
safe when stored and handled properly. However, if propane is not
properly and safely stored and handled, it can cause property damage,
injuries, or even death. For this reason, it is important for the safety
of the members of your household that they have a thorough
understanding of the properties and characteristics of propane, and the
hazards and risks associated with its use. Contact your local propane
dealer with questions that you have about propane.
Properties and Characteristics of Propane
Know the Odor of Propane
In its natural state, propane is odorless and colorless. A chemical
odorant has been added to give a distinct smell to the propane. The
purpose of the odorant is to help people detect the presence of propane.
It is important that members of the household are able to distinguish
the smell of odorized propane. Under certain conditions, a person may be
prevented from smelling the odorant such as:
Ask your propane dealer to demonstrate the smell of odorized propane and provide an explanation about the odorant.
If You Smell a Leak
Propane Gas Detectors
Maintaining Your Propane System
The propane system at your home or business should be installed,
maintained and repaired only by qualified personnel. Call a qualified
service technician to light or re-light pilot lights on your appliances.
Small Cylinder Safety
Our direct-to-consumer connection – on supermarket shelves or at corner convenience stores – continues to expand for CHS, but no where is that more evident than at our rural retail locations.
CHS Inc. ~ Kalispell
P.O. Box 579
Kalispell, MT 59903
Fax: (406) 755-7478