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PROPANE EXPLOSION
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 2:11:48 PM

HERE ARE SOME THINGS THE PEOPLE OF TORONTO SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROPANE AFTER THE PROPANE EXPLOSION:

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Propane is a colourless gas with a faint odour at high concentrations. Fuel grades contain mercaptans which have a disagreeable odour. Propane is an EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE GAS. The gas is heavier than air and may spread to distances and distant ignition and flashback are possible. It is a COMPRESSE GAS. It is also a simple asphyxiant which means the gas may reduce oxygen available for breathing. When there is rapid evaporation of liquid from cylind frostbite may occur.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND PROPANE?

Household and industrial fuel; solvent; refrigerant; aerosol propellant; production of ethylene and other petrochemicals.

DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY NAMES THERE IS FOR PROPANE?

Is there a unique identifier for this chemical?

Its CAS Registry Number is 74-98-6. This number is assigned by the Chemic Abstracts Service (CAS) in the United States and is used as a unique identification number world-wide.

DO YOU KNOW SOME OF THE SYNONYMS FOR PROPANE ARE?

Propane is also known as dimethylmethane, liquefied petroleum gas, and pro hydride.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE COMPOSITION AND PURITY OF PROPANE?

Contains trace amounts of ethane, propylene, isobutene, and n-butane.