Strict Industry Code and Mother Nature Make Propane a Safe Energy Source

Propane has an enviable safety record due to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Every aspect of installation, storage, and tank filling has been considered to ensure worry-free operation. The strict safety codes mandated by the propane industry are further enhanced by propane's naturally safe features. For starters, propane has a narrow range of flammability, meaning the propane/air mix must contain from 2.2% to 9.6% propane vapor to ignite. Any less than that and the mixture is too lean to burn; any more than that and the mixture is too rich to burn. Also, propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches at least 940F. In contrast, gasoline will ignite when the source of ignition reaches 430F to 500F. In addition, because propane is released as a vapor from a pressured container, it cannot be ingested like gasoline or alcohol fuels. If liquid propane leaks, it vaporizes and dissipates into the air.


Emergency Tips

Do you know what to do when you smell "gas?"

Annual Meeting

Training Schedule and Registration Forms

When it comes to safe handling of propane, training makes all the difference. The Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) has become the industry's flagship curriculum in workforce training and certification. The Iowa Propane Gas Association offers CETP, Refreshers and Piping classes.

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Propane Safety Scenarios

Marketers around the country are using propane safety scenarios from the Propane Education & Research Council's e-learning programs to train their employees.

Storage Landing

District Meetings

Deb Grooms, Executive Director will give an update of the Propane Education and Research Council of Iowa projects.


HazMat Training

Is your company in compliance with the HazMat Training and Security Requirements? The Iowa Propane Education and Research Council (IowaPERC) is sponsoring the Hazmat classes free of charge to Iowa Marketers. The classes will be held in several locations throughout the state.


Railcar Identification Brochure

While built according to ASME codes and ICC/DOT specifications,rail tank cars are designed as transportation containers and their design and construction is not approved by any of the fabrication codes for stationary storage containers.


Resources and Links

Iowa's Code for Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Iowa's Container Law, helpful links, and more...