LPG Codes & LP Storage Tanks Clearances

LPG Codes & Agencies

How important is having your gas piping installed and maintained properly? Outside of the vital safety aspects regarding the installation of gas piping, there are several other reasons to have it done right. LPG and NG piping systems for both residential and commercial gas supply systems are under the oversight of several agencies: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), and other agencies of the federal government are a few of the organizations that play major roles in developing regulations, codes, and standards to ensure the safe transportation, storage, handling, and use of propane. Other more localized governing bodies responsible for the safe use of gas in homes and businesses are the authorities having jurisdiction for cities and town. In some locations building inspectors, fire marshals, or a combination of both can be responsible for signing off on gas work done. Most importantly and one that supersedes most is whether manufacturer’s specifications have been followed closely when installing gas appliances.

The bottom line is that propane and NG licensed technicians are bound by as many as six code books. That’s a lot of rules and these rules are designed to keep you, the customer, safe and your gas equipment running at peak performance. In addition to the importance of keeping the public safe from gas mishaps, these regulations are the primary guidelines used by insurance companies when evaluating property. Insurance companies also rely on these strict regulations being followed when assessing fault and cause regarding claims made when damage occurs. One of the first items evaluated in a damage claim caused by failure from electrical, water, structural, gas, or a combination of these, is whether codes have been implemented and adhered to when installing gas systems.

Orion Propane Services has the experience and ability to build from scratch, or upgrade your gas system to meet all of the codes necessary and, just as important, to build a gas system for you that will meet and surpass the required volumes and capacities that your gas appliances need. And with Orion Propane Services you can be certain that the gas system that is put in place will be done so with the future in mind. A good gas system always leaves room to grow.

LP Storage Tanks Clearances

There are many different rules enforced by the National Fire Prevention Association *(NFPA) regarding clearances for LP storage tanks from buildings, sources of ignition, exhaust venting from homes or equipment, windows and doors, and more. Locating the LP storage tank in a spot that is practical for the delivery of propane product, NFPA code friendly, and most important to many people, also aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Of course, you don’t have to make that decision alone. OPS is here to help you find the right place to meet these goals.

The starting point of deciding where to place an LP storage tank begins with NFPA code requirements. The diagram below shows clearance options that OPS will consider when we arrive to help find the best placement for your LP storage tank. From there other considerations can be taken into account.

One important rule not shown in the LP tank clearance diagram is that any single LP storage tank over 125 gallons must be located a minimum of 10’ from a building or insurable structure. However, you can have up to (4) LP storage tanks of 125 gallons (or less) against a building. All LP storage tank clearances apply to underground LP storage tanks as well.