Propane Explosion Common Causes
Propane is a synthetic material that is a byproduct of oil refining and natural gas processing. Since it is combustible, it is used for a variety of purposes:
- Engine Fuel
- Central Heating
- Even Barbecue Grills.
The same quality, its combustibility, renders it useful for all of these purposes and yet creates the danger of an explosion. If you have been injured in such an explosion, a good lawyer may be able to secure compensation for you.
Although propane is odorless, OHSA safety regulations require a chemical to be added that causes a “rotten egg” smell in the event of a leak. If this chemical is not added properly, or if several weeks have passed since the propane tank has been filled, the odor may be undetectable and a propane leak might be undetectable.
If the propane is in use in an area that is not well-ventilated, all it takes is a single spark or an open flame to ignite an explosion. A dangerous fire can result from a leak, even if the tank is outdoors.
Open Bleeder Valve
A bleeder valve allows propane to escape a tank in the event of excess internal pressure, so that the tank itself will not explode. If a bleeder valve is left open, a lit cigarette or open flame can cause a small fire even in a well-ventilated area.
If other propane tanks are stored nearby (as in an industrial setting), the heat may cause other bleeder valves to open, expanding the fire and eventually resulting in a chain reaction with potentially devastating consequences.
One of the most preventable causes of propane tank explosions is the use of a propane tank as a toy -- a tank is placed on a fire or other heat source and used for firearms target practice. The fire alone can cause the propane tank to explode, and puncturing one with a bullet can turn the entire tank into a deadly projectile that “shoots” in an unpredictable direction.
Impact with a propane tank, like an explosion, can cause serious injury or death. Moreover, this sort of behavior can be used as a basis for criminal charges if injury or death results.
To avoid a propane explosion accident, observe the following safety tips when handling, using or storing propane tanks:
- Always use propane in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors.
- If you must transport a propane tank, minimize the time it is stored in the trunk of your car.
- Never store a propane tank next to a tank that is in use.
- Always store a propane tank outdoors, in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
- Keep stored propane tanks away from heat and open flames.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them.
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