Let’s face it – most of us are finding our information online these days, including propane retailers. While a quick Google search can answer most questions, the majority of propane industry professionals have our favorite go-to sites and bookmarks for relevant information. When it comes to LP gas, we have found that certain resources always seem to have reliable facts and interesting tidbits, time after time.
- Trade association info: While many propane retailers find great local content on state propane association sites, there is also a National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) site for the national trade association that represents the propane industry. Some of the information offered by the NPGA includes things like current issues affecting the industry, and an updated list of hours-of-service exemptions from FMCSA transportation regulations.
- Propane marketing and education: The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) site features great information about general propane markets, consumer resources, and incentive information. The site was developed by an expert team of product and container specialists from the National Propane Gas Association. When retail customers have questions about propane, an authoritative answer can often be found on the council’s related consumer-facing site, Propane.com. Propane.com has targeted information for various types of propane customers, whether they are in the residential, landscape/golf/turf, agriculture, transportation, or industrial market.
- Current propane industry news: Both LPGas Magazine and Butane-Propane News offer extensive online content related to developments in the U.S. propane industry. Articles run the gamut, including regulatory developments, market information, personnel changes, business tips, and more. Even magazine and newsletter subscribers may find it useful to be able to search the online archives for information related to specific propane target markets.
- Safety information: For safety information, several sites offer important expertise and training. First, the National Fire Protection Organization (NFPA) https://www.nfpa.org/ includes the Fire Safety Analysis Manual for LP Gas Storage Facilities. The manual, published by the NFPA and PERC, provides a method for completing a fire safety analysis as required by the NFPA Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code. The site also offers fact sheets about LPG fire codes, and requirements for placing LP gas containers. Secondly, part of the previously mentioned PERC website features a great source of reliable information for preventing or responding to propane emergencies. PERC also offers a wealth of safety and compliance training information related to federal DOT, OSHA, and EPA compliance regulations. Much of it is free. And finally, the NPGA provides access to a certified employee training program.
- Energy statistics: For propane retailers tracking overall propane market projections, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes updated energy statistics officially compiled by the U.S. government. These statistics include forecasts based on energy prices, inventory levels, weather projections, and other variables.
There are other valuable websites for propane retailers as well, but these cover some of the most common interests shared by propane professionals. We also encourage you to look to Smith Gas Liquids Co. for propane industry information, and contact us whenever we might be able to assist with your propane needs.