LP Safety

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LP gas systems are installed to operate a variety of appliances, such as stoves, refrigerators, heating units and electrical generators. The exhaust fumes from burning LP gas contain carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and can cause death or serious brain injury if inhaled. The exhaust from LP appliances must be directed to the outdoors. You must have an operating carbon monoxide detector in the accommodation space of your trailer.
You can die or be brain damaged by Carbon Monoxide.
Make certain the exhaust from LP appliances is directed to the outdoors.
Have a working carbon monoxide detector in the accommodation spaces of your trailer before operating any LP gas appliance.
Do not operate portable grills or stoves inside any structure.
When used for the first time, or after a period of storage, the LP gas lines will be full of air and must be purged of air, before the appliances will stay lit. Have the LP gas lines purged by your trailer dealer, or an LP gas dealer.
An LP gas system is designed to operate with a supply of LP gas only, NOT natural gas. A natural gas supply is unsafe for the system's pressure regulation devices.
Risk of death due to fire or explosion.
Only connect an LP gas system to a supply of LP gas, NOT natural gas.
Do not store LP gas tanks inside any structure.
Only fill an LP gas tank 80% full.
Only fill the tank with LP gas (butane or propane).
Overfilled tanks can release gas and cause an explosion.
Keep the shutoff valve on your LP gas tank closed at all times, except when you are operating an LP gas appliance. Before opening the LP shutoff valve, turn off all LP gas appliances. If an appliance is on when you open the shutoff valve, LP gas will accumulate in the trailer, which can result in an explosion.
Do not use a wrench to open or close the shutoff valve. If the shutoff does not completely stop the flow of LP gas when it is hand-tightened, replace the shutoff valve.
LP gas leaks can result in fire or explosion. If your trailer is equipped with an LP gas system, it must also be equipped with an LP gas detector. The LP gas detector will be located near the floor to detect the heavier-than-air LP gas. If a leak is suspected, use a soapy water solution to search for the leak. Do not use a solution that contains ammonia or chlorine (common in window and other household cleaning compounds), because those chemicals will cause LP piping corrosion.
Risk of fire or explosion
If LP gas is detected (by smell or by the LP gas detector):
• Do not touch electrical switches
• Extinguish flames and pilot lights
• Open doors for ventilation
• Shut off LP gas supply at the LP tank
• Leave the area until odor clears
Correct the source of LP gas leakage before using LP appliances.
Do not use a flame to locate the source of an LP gas leak.
LP gas is either propane or butane that is compressed into liquid form. LP gas must be completely vaporized before being burned. Butane gas will not operate if the outside temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use Butane only when the temperature is above freezing (32 degrees F).
Propane gas will operate at temperatures as low as minus 44 degrees Fahrenheit (-44 F).
Keep the regulator for the LP gas system (located near the LP gas tank) covered with a guard to protect it from road debris.
LP gas is prohibited on some roadways, bridges and tunnels. Check a map and with Departments of Transportation (or with the AAA) for travel routes that do not have such restrictions.