Propane - C3H8

This page presents information on propane (C3H8) or dimethylmethane, appropriate detection means - Propane gas detector - and proper respiratory protective equipment (self-contained breathing apparatus and supplied air respirator).

Propane properties (C3H8)

Propane (C4H8) or dimethylmethane is an alkane that is mainly used as a combustion energy source in internal combustion engines or boilers. It is primarily released from natural gas purification or liquefied petroleum gases separation. Propane is industrially used as a reactive agent for synthesis of ethylene, benzene, toluene or xylene.

CAS LEL UEL IP Density / Air Filter / SCBA
74-98-6 2.5 % 9.5 % 11.07 eV 1.55 SCBA

Propane effects on heath

When pure, propane (C3H8) is a colorless and odorless gas. Ethanethiol – an odorant – is added to easily detect any gas leak. Propane is harmful by inhalation and causes oxygen depletion (with suffocation risk). It can be found gaseous at ambient temperature but it also can liquefy under a pressure around 10 bars. Its combustion is clean and generates water and carbonic gas.

Propane gas detector - C3H8

C3H8 respiratory protection - Propane