Tips & Facts

Safety Tips

Tampering with your tank is illegal and dangerous. Please remember to:

  • Keep all valves, caps and safety locks in tact
  • Call someone who is certified to make at-home repairs
  • Don't use the gas line to fill portable cylinders

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Fire Protection Association have set up regulations to guarantee propane safety. These regulations include codes to regulate residential fuel systems, handling commercial and industrial piping systems for propane fuel, and other secondary codes. These codes must be followed and often require an individual with special certifications for handling.

The propane industry maintains high standards in handling propane. Gary Oil has adopted these standards by training and certifying all employees who come in contact with propane.

Contact us or another certified professional if you suspect a problem with a propane appliance or tank.

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Propane Facts




Federal government considers propane a safe motor fuel

Made in the USA

88 percent of propane comes from our own sources in the U.S.


North America produces 97 percent of propane used in the U.S.

Overfilling Precaution

All new tanks must have an overfilling protection device for safety

Vehicle Tanks

Propane vehicle tanks are constructed under a code developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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Energy Saving Tips from the Propane Education & Research Council

  1. Give your heating system a tune-up to check for any problems each year prior to the heating season. This will allow you to identify and take care of any problems before the cold weather comes.
  2. Consider switching out your old thermostat to a more efficient one that allows you to set a timer to automatically adjust the heat when you are not at home. You can save money by adjusting your thermostat by 10–15 percent in an eight-hour day.
  3. Caulk and weather-strip windows, doors and other openings to prevent heat from escaping.
  4. Consider switching out old showerheads for flow-restricting showerheads. This will reduce the amount of hot water used without changing the water pressure.
  5. Consider using a propane water heater instead of an electric water heater. A propane water heater can lower operation costs by one-third and requires less time to recover hot water.
  6. Contact Gary Oil and Propane to discuss cap plans and other options to reduce your annual cost.
  7. Change the filter in your furnace on a monthly basis or what is recommended by the manufacturer of your furnace. Maintaining a clean filter also increases the efficiency of your furnace.
  8. Make sure washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers have a full load when in use.
  9. Change the standard setting of 120 degrees on your water heater to 115 degrees to save more than 10 percent.
  10. Drain water heaters every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediments and increase efficiency.

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