RV Safety Tips and Information

For more information, contact:
Shelby L. Metzger
717.441.6040
Shelby@papropane.com

Harrisburg, PA – Millions of Americans will enjoy the benefits, comfort and flexibility of Recreational Vehicle (RV) living this summer with PROPANE being a vital component of most RV energy systems.

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association offers the following tips to streamline safety checks and maintenance for your RV’s Propane system.

  • Before each trip, check exterior vents and clear any insects, twigs or other debris that may restrict venting.
  • If you plan to use portable Propane appliances, such as a generator or heater, make sure you provide for proper ventilation per the owner’s manual.
  • Make sure your RV has at least one Class BC fire extinguisher and operational propane, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.  EXIT THE VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY IF ANY OF THESE DETECTORS GO OFF.
  • Never attempt to repair any propane-related component yourself.  Have your system inspected at least annually by a trained propane marketer/technician. They can better detect incorrect tank pressure, leaks and other potential hazards and address them properly.

Take a few moments to review the guide for more tips – Propane and Your Recreational Vehicle Guide.  We recommend keeping a copy in your RV along with sharing these tips with your family, traveling companions and neighbors.

“The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is dedicated to educating and training our RV friends on propane safety.” said Shelby Metzger, Executive Director for PAPGA. “Contact your local propane marketer with any questions or if you need service.”

“For more propane safety information and to access the Interactive Consumer Safety Modules, please visit our website – PApropane.com.  I recommend downloading our free smartphone app and also urge you to follow us on our various social networking platforms,” said Metzger. “Thank you for taking the time to view this important safety information.  Have a safe and fantastic summer.”

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.

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Spring Outdoor Living Safety Tips

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Harrisburg, PA – After another blustery winter, warm weather and a return to outdoor living can’t come soon enough. For homeowners with outdoor propane appliances, the wait is finally over. Portable fire pits, patio heaters, and gas grills make outdoor living spaces comfortable places to gather now even before the last snow drifts have melted.

For many people, getting these outdoor areas ready for early-season entertaining is top priority on spring-cleaning to-do lists.

  • Before bringing out portable appliances and firing up the propane grill, PAPGA & PERC (Propane Education & Research Council) offer the following tips to help homeowners get the most from their outdoor appliances safely:
  • Keep burnable materials like dry grass, wood, or debris at least 10 feet away from propane tanks and cylinders. Never burn wood, coal, or anything other than propane in a propane fire pit.
  • Never store tanks or cylinders inside buildings, including garages or sheds.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the appliance you’re using, including where to put the unit, how to connect it to a cylinder, and how to use, clean, and store it. Fire pits and heaters need varying amounts of clearance, depending on the model. In general, allow at least three feet of clearance on all sides.
  • Have your fire pit inspected by a professional every year. Click Here to find the nearest service provider in your community.
  • Before lighting your propane grill for the first time in the spring, check the cooking grid and warming rack to be sure both are in their proper place. Clean the grid, the interior of the grill, and the burner (according to the manufacturer’s instructions) with a wire brush or scraper to remove any built-up food. And remember – always keep the top open when lighting the grill until you are sure it is lit.
  • If the igniter fails to light the grill after two or three tries, turn off the gas and replace the igniter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • When it’s time to refill or replace a propane cylinder, stow it upright in your vehicle in a well-ventilated area, not the trunk. Return home directly after refilling.
  • Replace any tank that has holes, dents, rusted weak spots, cracks, or other damage, or is past its expiration date.

If you are interested in more outdoor living ideas, tips and information, please visit this link.

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.

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Propane Small Cylinder Storage Tips

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Keep Your Family Safe this Fall & Winter
Harrisburg, PA – Many Pennsylvanians will be looking to store small propane cylinders in the coming weeks in preparation for the winter months. The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association invites you and your family to review some important safety tips before selecting a spot for your tanks.

Click here to view an interactive online safety module about Small Cylinder Storage and Transportation. This and other important Consumer Safety Modules have been produced by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).  

The module is full of important information. Here are a few highlights:

  • Never store a cylinder in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed or tent
  • Do not smoke or have any spark-producing electrical tools in the area while transporting a cylinder
  • Do not under any circumstances try to repair or modify valves or regulators on a small cylinder or appliance
  • If you smell gas, immediately put out all open flames, leave the area and call 911

The safety module takes just a few minutes to complete and ends with a short quiz. We encourage you to view this safety information and learn more about keeping your family safe this fall & winter.

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.

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Propane Centennial Celebration is Near

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LP Gas Traces Roots to Pennsylvania 100 Years Ago

2012 Southeastern Convention & International Propane ExpoHarrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) will commemorate Propane’s Centennial Celebration by participating in several special events.

PAPGA members will be attending the 2012 Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo, April 14-16 in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a once in a lifetime occasion when the propane community will come together to recognize a major milestone.  The celebration officially kicks-off with a Clean Air Rally featuring a parade of autogas vehicles of all types – on and off-road – and culminates in a walk down “New Technology Lane’.

May 16–18 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA, PAPGA is hosting a tri-state meeting “Honoring our Past, Energizing our Future”, in conjunction with the New York and New Jersey Propane Gas Associations.

In addition to industry events, the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association will be launching additional QR codes giving consumers easy access to propane safety and educational information.  

May 17th, 1912 is the actual date propane was initially used to light lamps and cook meals for John Gahring at his farmhouse in Waterford, PA. Gahring’s son-in-law, Dr. Walter Snelling discovered propane in Western PA in 1910 while researching vapors being emitted by gasoline.

“Our members are proud that Pennsylvania has bragging rights of being the state where propane was discovered and are eager to participate in our upcoming activities,” said Shelby Metzger, executive director for PAPGA.  “We are looking forward to honoring our past, celebrating the present and energizing our future.”

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.

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PAPGA QR Codes Will Provide Penn State Sports Fans with History and Safety Trivia

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Shelby L. Metzger
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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is a proud sponsor of Penn State Sports. During the 2011/12 basketball season, fans who attend Men’s and Women’s games at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA will have access to fun and informative trivia content via QR Code.

QR (Quick Response) Codes are relatively new in the United States. This technology allows mobile phone users to scan codes and be directed to multi-media content instantly.

The PAPGA full-page display in the Official Game Program will contain a QR Code linking mobile device users to the first edition of Penn State and Propane Trivia. The trivia questions will be updated every two weeks during the basketball season.

“We are pleased to provide entertaining trivia questions for Penn State fans to explore and enjoy,” said PAPGA Executive Director Shelby Metzger. “After answering the questions, we will invite them to learn more about safety and innovative new products in the propane industry.”

Penn State begins the basketball season on November 5th, 2011 hosting exhibition games against Bloomsburg (Women’s) and Slippery Rock (Men’s). 

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.

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