Posted: October 16, 2023

Will My Gas Stove Make Me Sick?

Get the facts about the gas stove ban scare

propane stove Greene county, ny You already know that propane is efficient, cost-effective, and versatile. But if you pay attention to the news, you may have started to question whether propane is safe and what any proposed propane stove bans might mean for you. Keep reading to find out.

Is Propane Safe?

Propane is safe. It has an exceptional safety record thanks in large part to strict government and industry regulations. 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 organisms, water, or soil. In addition, propane produces minimal emissions.

We take propane safety seriously at Bottini Fuel. So we encourage you to make sure you and everyone in your household knows what to do if you smell gas.

If You Have a Propane Gas Leak…

Your propane gas stove is safe to use. In the rare event there’s a leak, however, make sure everyone in your household knows what to do.

If you suspect a propane leak, follow these steps:

  1. Immediately extinguish any open flames and smoking materials.
  2. Don’t operate any appliances or accessories that can create a spark. That includes lights, telephones, and cell phones.
  3. Shut the valve on your propane gas tank to cut supply off at the source.
  4. Leave your home immediately. Make sure all pets are brought out of the house as well.
  5. As you leave the building, be careful not to touch any electrical outlets or light switches.
  6. Call 911 once you’ve reached a safe distance.
  7. Once the authorities clear you to return to your home, have your appliances professionally inspected before you attempt to use them again.

Will All Gas Stoves Be Banned in New York?

You may have heard that in New York City, starting next year, certain types of buildings will have a gas stove ban. In most cases, builders will no longer be able to install any equipment that relies on a fossil fuel in new constructions. What’s more, our governor is an advocate for a similar ban in new constructions throughout New York State as of 2025. She is also an advocate for banning the sale of all heating equipment that burns fossil fuels beginning in 2030. That would include oil and gas boilers and furnaces.

However, the ban on heating equipment does not apply to gas stoves. And there is the chance that newly-constructed restaurants would receive exceptions.

It’s also important to know that any ban enacted would not force residents to remove their existing gas stoves. The rumors that the U.S. government plans to confiscate existing gas stoves from all homes is completely false.

What is the motivation for the (proposed) bans? Concerns about climate change. That’s because it was estimated that a significant percentage of 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.

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.)

Are Propane Gas Stoves Safe to Use?

Do you need to worry your gas stove will make you sick? 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.”

Trust Bottini

Bottini Fuel has locations serving New York’s Hudson Valley as well as parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You can rely on us for expert propane delivery and service.

Contact Bottini Fuel today to learn more or to join our family of satisfied customers.