Propane gas: 3 things you should know about propane gas

By Milan Boer on Aug 20 in Blog.

“Propane gas is a hydrocarbon that has the molecular formula of C3H8”


1) What is propane gas

Propane gas is a hydrocarbon that has the molecular formula of C3H8. By ambient temperature, propane is a flammable gas which is colourless and odourless. This characteristic makes propane gas a highly dangerous gas. Propane gas mostly used in gas cylinders as fuel for cooking, heating and hot water supply. You probably have come by propane gas while camping, e.g. Propane gas is also a substance of LPG which is a gas used for cars. LPG is a mixture of propane gas and butane gas. Propane is also of use as a refrigerant for refrigerators and is of use for air conditioning.

2) How to store propane gas

Because of the fact that propane gas is a flammable, and therefore dangerous gas, it is essential to store propane gas safe and correctly. Storing propane gas in a cold, closable and dark area is critical. Keep the cylinders away from any form of heat, sparks, flames or hot surfaces at all costs. Keep the area in which propane gas is stored ventilated and cold, and away from any consumable beverages.

3) How to transport propane gas

To transport propane gas either by road, sea or air, you need to have the proper documentation. To transport butane gas legally you need to be in possession of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or Product Safety Data Sheet (PSDS). SDS sheets are an essential component of product stewardship, occupational safety and health, and spill-handling procedures. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is a widely used system for cataloguing information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. There are different requirements for transporting butane gas, depending on the country. Find out more about how to move gasses in a proper way here. Or download your Butane safety data sheet on our download page.



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