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SOURCE Superior Propane
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Propane is one of the safest forms of energy for your home or business. According to John McCormack, Superior Propane's National Technical Specialist, "In extremely cold conditions, especially nearing -40 C, there may not be enough vapour pressure in your tank to keep your appliance working properly. Some people believe the propane in their tank has "gelled", but what is really happening is that the liquid propane isn't boiling as vigorously as it does at higher temperatures, so there isn't enough vapour being produced to feed your appliance".
He goes on to say, "The colder it is outside, the lower the pressure will be in your tank; conversely, the higher the temperature, the higher the pressure." Mr. McCormack recommends there are several steps you can take to avoid pressure problems during cold weather extremes:
Carbon monoxide: The silent killer
Carbon monoxide, commonly known as CO, is a colourless, odourless and tasteless toxic gas. When inhaled, CO interferes with the blood's ability to absorb and transport oxygen; thus, it can be deadly. Most Ontario households have an average of 4 to 6 appliances that have the potential to produce carbon monoxide.
Propane appliances, like all other fuel-burning appliances, can present the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning if not installed, operated, vented or maintained properly. Even a small amount of CO is dangerous in enclosed spaces like your home, garage, vehicle, cottage, boat, recreational vehicle or tent. It is a by-product of incomplete combustion that can be produced by any carbon-based fuel when there is a lack of oxygen.
Exposure to carbon monoxide causes flu-like symptoms such as:
Mr. McCormack further advises," In severe cases, CO poisoning can cause brain damage and death. Some people can be particularly sensitive to carbon monoxide and may feel the effects sooner." Be aware of these environmental signs:
What to do if you suspect CO poisoning
"It's imperative to act fast if you suspect carbon monoxide is present indoors. Leave the building immediately, call 911, and seek medical help", says Mr. McCormack.
About Superior Propane
Superior Propane is Canada's only national provider of portable fuels, equipment and service delivered locally to customers in more communities than any other propane company. In business since 1951, Superior's headquarters are located in Calgary AB and is part of the Energy Service division of Superior Plus LP. Superior Propane employs more than 1,400 Canadians and delivers over 1.2 billion litres of propane annually.
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