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Propane Safety Tips for Construction Sites and Contractors

Posted by James Callow on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
Propane Construction
Propane's portability and flexibility make it an ideal energy source at the job site. It can be used as a temporary heat source to assist with drywall finishing, or even as an option for heating the office or site.

ForConstructionPros.com recently published a great article on propane heaters at the job site.  The article, “17 Tips for Using Propane Heaters on a Jobsite” covers propane safety recommendations from the Propane Education and Research Council.   Their safety tips were based on the three main propane uses including propane and external propane tanks to fuel power heaters. See a portion of their tips below, or click here to check out the full article

At sites using propane cylinders to power heaters:

  • Ensure that propane cylinders are in good condition without bulges, dents, excessive rust or signs of fire damage.
  • Always transport cylinders to the jobsite in an upright and secured position.
  • Do not use a cylinder indoors that holds more than 100 pounds of propane.
  • Connect no more than three 100-pound propane cylinders to one manifold inside a building. All manifolds should be separated by at least 20 feet of space.
  • Check all cylinders for leaks with a suitable leak detector solution — not soap and water, which may have corrosive properties.

At sites using external propane tanks to power heaters:

  • Locate tanks a sufficient distance from property lines and the structure under construction. Consult local building codes to ensure proper compliance.
  • Place the tank on stable ground, and when locating the tank consider the potential effects of freezing and thawing.
  • Use rigid piping from the tank to the building. Flexible tubing may be safely used indoors.
  • Have a qualified propane technician ensure that all connections between the tank and heater are free of leaks.
  • Protect tanks and piping on the worksite from the possibility of vehicle impact.
  • Do not store combustible material within 10 feet of any tank.

Propane is the cleanest and most cost-effective fuel choice for construction applications. It allows for easy storage and transportation - important considerations in a business as mobile as construction.

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