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    Prepare Your Home for Winter During Fire Prevention Week (October 3-9)


    October 1, 1999

    Washington, DC, October 1, 1999-As brisk autumn weather sets in, many communities across the country are participating in Fire Prevention Week 1999 with a variety of activities. In an ongoing commitment to community safety, the Propane Education & Research Council (the Council) is also taking advantage of Fire Prevention Week to educate people about the safe use of propane in and around their homes.

    Propane is used by more than 60 million Americans across the country in a variety of ways-in gas grills, water heaters, ranges and more. The Council and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) have developed several tips for homeowners to illustrate how they should inspect propane-fueled appliances to ensure that they are in proper working condition before the winter season begins. These tips provide a convenient and important reminder for homeowners about conducting regular maintenance of home appliances.

    'The propane industry is committed to reaching homeowners with important safety tips on how to check and properly maintain propane appliances,' says Council President Roy Willis. 'Fire Prevention Week is the perfect opportunity to remind homeowners to take a few moments to learn about propane safety before the winter season begins, so they can enjoy a warm and safe winter with their families.'

    The propane industry has also developed several other programs designed to help consumers maintain their propane appliances. For example, the NPGA offers an award-winning preventive maintenance program called GAS Check (Gas Appliance System Check) through local propane suppliers. Trained technicians inspect entire propane systems and appliances to ensure they are running safely and efficiently. The program also educates homeowners on the proper maintenance of propane appliances and how to avoid potential health hazards.

    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 www.propanecouncil.org.