HEATING SAFELY IN A HOME DURING COLD WEATHER MONTHS
Running a household is a demanding job, and families are always looking for ways to simplify, save and feel secure. Currently more than eight million homes in America utilize propane as an advanced energy source. Parents and homeowners are seeking clean, comfortable, environmentally friendly products and services that provide comfort to the home.
Propane-powered appliances, zone heaters and fireplaces offer busy homeowners efficiency - saving time, energy and money. Statistics show that Moms indicate that safety, environmental consciousness and using American –made products are also paramount in any home with the children.
Cost savings: On average, propane costs about half as much per BTU as electricity. Cooking with propane reduces costs by one-third the amount compared to cooking with electricity. A tankless water heater conserves enough energy and increases energy efficiency to reduce a family’s energy cost by approximately $125 a year.
Made in America and decreasing dependency on electric: About 98 percent of the propane used in America is made in the U.S., increasing the energy security of America. Moms are finding that by relying on propane for various products in the home, including heating and power for appliances, they are decreasing the dependency on the electric grid in the event of a power outage.
HELPFUL SAFETY AND HOUSEHOLD TIPS AT PROPANEKIDS.COM
PropaneKids was developed as part of an ongoing effort to educate younger consumers on good propane safety habits. The propane industry believe that good safety habits should be adopted at a young age, and that the more children and teens know about propane, the fewer preventable accidents will occur.
The games and activities on www.PropaneKids.com are designed to teach younger consumers between pre-K and K through middle school:
- What propane is and how it is used in homes, farms, etc.
- How and where propane is stored safely
- Environmental benefits of propane
- How to identify the smell of propane
- What to do if they smell a possible propane leak
Kids get excited about safety — and bring learning home — when lessons are informative, engaging, and fun. That’s just one of the benefits teachers have noted about PropaneKids.com.
Colorful and lively, PropaneKids.com offers interactive games, age-appropriate activities, and novel ideas to deliver important propane safety messages. Entering through the teacher portal, K–6 instructors can download numerous resources — free of charge — to energize classrooms and encourage discussion. Used in conjunction with curricula, these tools can be used to support lesson plans and reinforce student understanding.
Kelly Burby, a teacher in Columbus, OH, put the site to work in the Renewable Resources Unit of her science class. “The 2nd graders really enjoyed the dot-to-dot sheets and the word scrambles,” said Burby. “These helped kids understand how propane is a renewable energy and is better for the environment.”
PropaneKids.com also offers a teaching guide, mazes, coloring pages, and propane safety quizzes—giving instructors a selection of tools to meet learning needs of different grade levels. Each tool highlights an important safety tip or essential information about propane, such as how to detect the smell of propane or when you should have an adult test your home’s gas, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors. “The sheet explaining how propane smells was a good way to start the safety conversation at home — especially for students who didn't already have a Home Safety Plan,” added Burby.
In addition to learning about propane safety, the site can supplement lessons on pollution; sustainability; and solids, liquids, and gases. Kids can extend their learning at home through “explore” and “play” portals and a portal for their parents.
Finally, PropaneKids.com can be eye-opening for those who live in city or suburban environments. “I liked the fact that the PropaneKids’ materials showed the many uses of propane beyond what students are familiar with,” Burby noted. “It was nice not just to see a backyard grill, but to help kids understand that in many parts of the country, people use propane to power their entire homes.”
PINE MOUNTAIN GOLD MUSEUM AND SCENIC RAILROAD BRINGS GREEN FUEL TO C.P HUNTINGTON GOLD RUSH ERA ENGINE
Blossman Gas was asked to be a part of history at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum and Scenic Railroad in Villa Rica, Georgia. Blossman Gas in Douglasville was chosen to convert the newly acquired C.P Huntington engine from natural gas to propane. According to Linda Shaw, Pine Mountain Gold Museum and Scenic Railroad Manager, “Propane was chosen as it is greener and burns cleaner that most other common fuel sources. The City of Villa Rica began using propane autogas in our police cars to lessen our carbon footprint by lowering the pollution. With our existing relationship with Blossman Gas with the Police Department, it was a natural choice to go with Blossman for the train when it came on board.“
The Pine Mountain Gold Museum and railroad project preserves the rich history of Villa Rica’s gold mining industry, with many of the local citizens bringing in memories that have become artifacts displayed for everyone’s enjoyment. The newest addition to the park is the C.P. Huntington train for the Pine Mountain Scenic Railroad. Kids of all ages enjoy a scenic trek around the mountain on the Golden Nugget engine, touring some of the sites of the gold mining process from the 1800s and riding through exhibits.
The C. P. Huntington was originally a 4-2-4T steam locomotive first purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The locomotive is named in honor of Colis P. Huntington, the third president of the Southern Pacific Company. Chance Rides based in Wichita, Kansas began to fabricate replicas of the C.P. Huntington locomotive in 1960. The Pine Mountain Scenic Railroad’s Engine number 310 is an EPA/CARB certified industrial water-cooled, 4-cylinder engine fueled by propane. "This particular model came from the Atlanta Zoo where it ran on natural gas," adds Shaw, “We have worked with Scott [Weatherford, Blossman branch manager] to modify the existing propane tanks to meet our needs. Since its grand opening of the train this past fall, Scott and his team are always pleasant, professional, and forward-thinking, anticipating and meeting our needs. On the occasions where we have had higher than expected usage, they have been willing to come out near the end of the week to ensure that we have plenty of fuel to accommodate our weekend guests. They are always quick to respond, problem solvers, and very easy to work with.”
The Douglasville, GA branch is located at 8905 Highway 5, Douglasville, GA. Phone is 770-949-9815. Regional Vice –president is James Harris, Branch Manager is Scott Weatherford and Service Manager is Conrad Davis.
Between November 20 and December 20 of 2013, partial proceeds from each gallon of propane sold from the Asheville, North Carolina branch office benefitted MANNA Foodbank. MANNA collects, stores, warehouses and distributes food to MANNA accredited non-profits throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. www.MANNAFoodbank.org.
Blossman Gas is dedicated to helping our communities, as David Lipe, Asheville branch manager notes, “Unfortunately, there are a lot of families in Western North Carolina that aren’t blessed with enough food to eat or money to heat their homes. The Blossman Gas Family wanted to help in this way, with the “Heat for Hunger” program.”
The first year endeavor exceeded expectations. On December 27, a check was presented to MANNA for $2500.00 by David Lipe and the staff at Blossman Gas. This donation will feed 7500 individuals a meal. The branch plans to continue the program in 2014.
(Pictured L to R) Jeff Haynes, Denise McFee, Asheville Branch Manager David Lipe, Donna Ensley, MANNA Foodbank, and Lee Greenleaf. Not pictured are employees Lindsey Lynch, Joey Franklin, Mike Grasty, Aaron Putnam, Allen Pressley, Josh Worley, Blake Watson, and Johnny Chastain.
The Asheville, NC branch is located at 1401 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC. Phone is 828-667-0437. Scott Prewitt is the Regional Vice-president. Branch Manager is David Lipe.
These days, appliances are built to the highest of safety standards and a hot water heater is one of the most common appliances found in the home. Most of us can’t imagine a life without hot water, but do we ever take the time to assess some of the safety issues in our control that are associated with having this convenience?
Most water heaters have some kind of thermostat that allows for adjustment of water temperature. Many manufacturers recommend a temperature setting of 120⁰ F, although they allow for adjustment to higher temperatures. It is important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with adjusting the temperature to a higher setting, such as burns or scalding.
Hot water can be dangerous, especially for the young, the elderly or the infirm. The chart below is a visual scale of what happens when you raise the temperature on your water heater.
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