Propane is a highly efficient hydrocarbon fuel extracted from natural gas. It is also extremely versatile, with uses as a motor fuel, in home and commercial heating, and in a wide range of recreational equipment.
Propane may take the form of a liquid or gas, depending on pressure and temperature. Usually it is stored as a liquid under pressure. In its natural state, propane is non-toxic, colourless, odourless and heavier than air. Normally an “odourant” is added so that it can be readily detected in the event of a leak.
Propane, like gasoline, provides many benefits if handled carefully. But there is also the potential for propane explosions and fires it if is handled incorrectly. Propane is flammable in gas or liquid state. Propane is non-toxic, but can displace oxygen leading to suffocation in confined spaces. Liquid propane coming in contact with skin can cause freeze burns. Proper protective clothing should always be worn when handling propane.