A SAFER WORKPLACE WITH PROPANE
The sealed fuel system of propane forklifts enhances plant safety. Fuel cylinders and carburetion components are made to strict national code specifications that far exceed the working pressure of propane gas. Propane gas operates with an average of 100-200 p.s.i. compared to CNG’s higher pressure of 2,000-3,000 p.s.i.
Propane has built-in safety features that include an automatic fuel line shut-off system that helps prevent the flow of gas in the event of an accident.
You may choose to refuel onsite, or have your local marketer deliver pre-filled cylinders to your worksite. Call 800-64-CLEAR to request Railroad Commission training on safe propane handling.
Propane is also being used increasingly for vehicle fuels. In the U.S., 190,000 on-road vehicles use propane, and 450,000 forklifts use it for power. It is the third most popular vehicle fuel in America, behind gasoline and diesel. In other parts of the world, propane used in vehicles is known as autogas. About 13 million vehicles worldwide use autogas.
Propane is also used as fuel for small engines, especially those used indoors or in areas with insufficient fresh air and ventillation to carry away the toxic exhaust of an engine running on gasoline or diesel. More recently, there have been lawn care products like string trimmers, lawn mowers and leaf blowers intended for outdoor use but fueled by propane to reduce air pollution.