Letters to the Editor: Propane still safe fuel

Recently an explosion in a home occurred in West Bay and an RCIPS police report was issued afterward which stated “It appears that the woman threw a propane tank at the man and it exploded.” After reading the police statement regarding this event, Home Gas wants to clarify that throwing a propane cylinder or tank will not cause it to explode upon impact. 

While Hollywood movies may go to great lengths for visual effects to convince you otherwise, you simply cannot get a propane tank or cylinder to explode by throwing it, shooting it or by any other means of impact. Propane has a very small window for flammability and any mixture of propane below or above these levels will not allow for the ignition of propane.  

Propane used as intended is in fact safer than putting gasoline in your car. Still, explosions can occur when people bring gas tanks inside their homes for cooking indoors or powering other propane appliances. Please remember that bringing a 20–pound cylinder inside your home or business is illegal and unsafe, even if it is only for storage purposes, and you will be fined if caught doing that. More importantly, you risk the safety of everyone in your home and others in your community as well. 

It is also unsafe to use appliances that do not have safety shut–off valves or that have not been installed by trained professionals in accordance with the safety codes regulating the usage of propane.  

Home Gas strongly encourages everyone here to make sure that their appliances are UL–listed and/or CSA–approved. These designations certify that the appliance has been tested and is safe for usage. If you are unsure about your appliance, please call Home Gas and we will help you determine if your appliance has the requisite safety shut–off valve that prevents propane gas from free–flowing in the absence of a flame. 

At Home Gas our biggest priority, first and last, is to ensure the safe usage of propane by residences and businesses across the Cayman Islands. Every single installation Home Gas does is done in strict adherence to the NFPA codes governing propane safety. Our technicians are highly–trained professionals, who understand the importance of ensuring every step is absolutely followed in safely installing a propane appliance or storage tank. In fact, Home Gas has even trained technicians from other appliance dealers as a way to ensure the safety of the installations done here. 

For any questions or concerns regarding the safe use of propane in home or businesses, please call Home Gas at 949-7474. 

 

Dayne Brady 

General manager Home Gas Ltd 

Propane has a very small window for flammability and any mixture of propane below or above these levels will not allow for the ignition of propane.  

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