Be Safe While Preparing for Y2K Possibilities

The Propane Industry's Tips for Homeowners and Safe Storage of Propane Tanks


December 30, 1999

Washington, DC, December 30, 1999-As the winter weather sets in and Y2K draws near, homeowners across the country are preparing for unexpected power outages by stocking up on fuels such as propane. Many have bought enough propane cylinders and tanks to last through the first month of the New Year. In an ongoing commitment to community safety, the Propane Education & Research Council (the Council) is taking advantage of this time to educate people about the safe storage and use of propane in and around their homes.

The Council and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) have developed several tips for homeowners to illustrate how they should store propane to ensure the safety of the household. These tips provide a convenient and important reminder for homeowners about the safe storage and use of propane. It is important to emphasize that homeowners should not store or place propane cylinders anywhere indoors (including the basement or garage). Instead, cylinders should be kept outside.

'The propane industry is committed to reaching homeowners with important safety tips on how to store propane tanks and cylinders, as well as how to check and properly maintain propane appliances,' says Council President Roy Willis. 'Winter time is the perfect opportunity to remind homeowners to take a few moments to learn about propane use and storage, so they can enjoy a warm and safe winter with their families.'

Propane is a trusted and reliable energy source that is used by millions of Americans each day. It fulfills a person's energy needs by burning cleanly and efficiently, giving consumers more value for their energy dollar. Propane is used in homes, businesses, vehicles, and farm equipment. It can be taken places no other fuels can reach which means consumers can count on it wherever and whenever they need it.

The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), signed into law on October 11, 1996. The mission of the Propane Education & Research Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source.

For more information about the Propane Council, please call 202-452-8975 or visit the website