Written on: October 2, 2023
Propane’s versatility and cost-effectiveness make it a popular choice in homes like yours throughout Pennsylvania. Given the recent rumors of a gas stove ban, you may have questioned whether you should use propane for cooking and how safe it is. Let us put your concerns and worries to rest.
Yes. Propane has an exceptional safety record thanks in part to a lot of government and industry regulations. Furthermore, propane is non-toxic, so in the rare event of a spill, you don’t have to worry about it causing damage to the nearby flora or fauna. And when Ace-Robbins is your propane provider, you’re in good hands because we always put safety first.
No. Don’t worry. There are no laws currently banning gas stoves in Pennsylvania. However, it is a topic that has been debated recently. That’s due in large part to 2019 building code regulation in Berkeley, CA that banned gas connections in new buildings.
What was the motivation for such a building code? Concerns about climate change. That’s because it was estimated that roughly one third of Berkely’s emissions could be attributed to natural gas. Then there was a shift from environmental concerns to health concerns. This was largely due to a recent study that indicated the potential for indoor air pollution hazards with the use of gas stoves. Then the rumor began to spread that the U.S. government intended to confiscate all of the gas stoves in the country. That is patently false.
Presently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is simply seeking to obtain public input on hazards associated with gas stoves. (The CPSC is the government agency that seeks to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths associated with faulty consumer products.)
The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has argued that different studies have produced different results in terms of the adverse impact to indoor air that different types of stoves produce. They further argue that the sample size of one study (known as the Stanford study) is extremely small. Furthermore, it’s based on unrealistic cooking conditions. In addition, electric stoves are not without their drawbacks. They also produce particulate matter and can emit dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde.
So, what’s the bottom line? Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, had this to say, “Rather than gas bans, states should focus on natural gas supply chains and mitigate potential hazards…. This, along with proper installation, ventilation, and yearly checkups by qualified technicians constitutes a common-sense approach to addressing health and safety concerns around gas appliances.”
You can rely on Ace-Robbins for safe, reliable, and affordable propane delivery. We proudly serve our Pennsylvania customers from Bradford to Wyoming county, from Lackawanna to Luzerne, and from Susquehanna to Sullivan. We also deliver, install, and monitor propane tanks.
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