Propane Safety

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Propane Emergency Training:

MPGA is committed to training Michigan fire fighters and first responders

Each year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, volunteers from the MPGA Propane Emergency Training team travel throughout Michigan to train fire fighters and first responders how to handle a propane emergency if one should occur in their area.

Click here to view media coverage from one training event held in Northern Lower Michigan. 

 

Propane safety is among the most important missions of the Michigan Propane Gas Association.

Please use the menu options available on the left of this screen to learn about Safety Programs available through MPGA.

 

Propane Container Safety

Per Federal and state rules and regulations, the transfer of propane out of or into a stationary container shall only be authorized by the owner of the stationary container owner.  In most cases, the tank owner is the propane company, not a propane customer.

The current Michigan Container Law states that a propane marketer cannot fill or refill a propane container that is not their own container without the permission of the owner in writing.  The penalty for violating the Act is a misdemeanor and includes a fine.  The purposes for the Act are for the safety of the home owner and a reduced liability exposure to the propane marketer.

Among the most important missions to the MPGA is the promotion of safety within the propane industry.  To continue the safety and integrity of the propane industry in Michigan, the MPGA recommended the Container Safety Act be updated to conform to current industry safety requirements and to increase the penalty for those that choose to violate the safety of the industry  The Container Safety legislation kept the penalty as a misdemeanor but raised the fine to $2000 per violation.  

 

Propane Grilling Safety

Your propane grill is safe to use all year.  Here are some grilling safety tips to remember:


• After filling your propane cylinder, take it home immediately. Keep it upright and secure in a ventilated vehicle with the cylinder valve closed and capped.

• Always use or store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright position. Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures or store spare cylinders near the grill.

• Make sure the grill top is open when attempting to light the grill and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

• Never leave the grill unattended and do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.

• When not in use, ensure grill burner controls are turned off and cylinder valves closed.

• If you suspect a gas leak and are able to safely turn off the gas supply valve, do so immediately and call the fire department.

Click here for additional tips from the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HBPA).

 

Propane Safety During Winter Storms

For propane safety during winter storms please click here for 10 things you can do to keep your family safe in a winter storm event.  Or click here to view an electronic winter storm module.
 

Propane Safety During Floods

Please click here for ten things you should know about propane safety in areas affected by severe flooding.
 

LP-Gas Regulation Violations

If you are a propane marketer that would like to report an apparent LP-Gas regulation violation, please click here to download the violation form to submit to the MPGA office.

Regulation violations can only be submitted by propane companies.

 

DOT Requirements for Transporting ASME Tanks

If tanks are transported back to bulk plants and not pumped at residences, remember that they are to be done safely and only with qualified propane personnel properly trained in that aspect.  There are industry standards in place that govern this facet of propane transport.  Your company must be trained and qualified and a member of the MPGA/NPGA.

Click here for a useful resource the MPGA developed in 2008 when the exemption started.  The only significant change to this is that, because the industry handled the temporary permit so well, the federal DOT granted a full permit which remains in effect today.  All other items are current.