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Propane Explosions

When handled properly, propane gas is a safe, clean-burning fuel that has served numerous purposes in the United States for decades. That being said, however, thousands of Americans are injured annually in accidents and disasters related to the colorless, odorless gas.

When those tragedies occur because of someone’s negligence, you need an attorney experienced in propane explosions and fires. Elliot Olsen is one such attorney. He has handled propane cases, and he can give you the guidance you need, giving you peace of mind and helping you to recover financially.

What is propane?

Propane gas is one of a group of liquefied petroleum gases. It is a gas at standard temperature and pressure, but compressible to a transportable liquid. A by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining, it is commonly used as a fuel, although it has many more uses – hundreds, if not thousands.

Propane is used at home and commercially

How is propane used?

When most people think of propane gas, they think of grilling in the back yard. Residential uses for propane, however, are much more numerous: It can be used to provide heat for a house, water heater, clothes dryer, and kitchen range, as well as decorative lighting.

The versatile gas also has many uses commercially. Companies use it for anything from powering generators and vehicles, to using it in the manufacturing process, as a propellant or refrigerant, and even as petrochemical feedstock.

How is propane dangerous?

Although propane gas is efficient and cost-effective, as with any energy source, dangers can result from improper use, transport, and storage of gas tanks. Propane fumes are highly flammable and hazardous when inhaled. An area filled with propane vapors can cause explosions, fires, or even result in carbon monoxide poisoning

According to the website, in 2015 there were 50 million residential and 900,000 commercial propane users in the United States. Statistics published by the U.S. Fire Administration show that approximately 6,500 fires from propane-fueled grills injure or kill Americans annually and also account for about $27 million in property losses.

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What if I am injured in a propane explosion?

Propane can be a deadly dangerous substance if it is misused. If you have been injured in a propane explosion, whether on a residential site or commercial workplace, and you believe it might have been the result of negligence, Elliot Olsen can make the difference between full compensation and an inadequate amount. Call him today at (612) 337-6126 for a free consultation.