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VOL. 12 NO. 7
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Propane safety 101

How to safely operate propane systems on your boat

Propane safety 101

Propane and butane, also known as LPG, are the most common cooking fuels used on boats. While efficient, cost-effective and widely available, these fuels can also be dangerous. Do you know how to safely operate your boat’s propane systems?

Heavier than air, propane will run downhill into your bilge if it finds an opening in what’s supposed to be a closed system. Keep propane tanks in an outside locker, sealed from the inside of the boat, with a vent at the bottom to let leaking gas escape overboard. We close the valve on our propane tank when our stove’s not in use. Propane stoves should be equipped with a solenoid switch, which displays a red light when open.

To learn what you need to know to use propane fuel safely on the water, sign up for our new interactive online seminar, Propane Systems on Your Boat. You’ll discover how to safely turn propane appliances on and off, how to check for propane leaks, how to inspect and maintain your boat propane systems, and how to use and store small propane fuel cylinders. The seminar also covers the parts of a safe marine propane system and important properties of propane and butane fuel.
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