FACTS AND FIGURES -- U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 1,170 home structure fires involving LP-gas in 2003-2007. These fires resulted in 34 civilian deaths, 135 civilian injuries, and $48 million in direct property damage. --Spark, ember, or flame from operating equipment was the leading heat source for LP-gas home structure fires. SAFETY TIPS --Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home. --Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home. Have porpane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts. If you smell a strong odor of gas, leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home. --For more information, visit the Propane Education, and Research Council Web site. All information was referenced through the NFPA Public Education Division if you would like to view the site go to nfpa.org/education or click on the Department tab, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and go to National Fire Protection Agency.