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  • Description

    The LP-Gas Code Handbook offers expert commentary, information, advice, and visuals that make it easier to understand and apply NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code to improved LP-Gas installation safety and security and help prevent a broad range of hazards. The 2020 edition includes a revised Summary of Technical Changes, notes directing users to vital cross-reference materials, and the addition of icons to call attention to crucial special topic areas. (Print, 672 pp, 2019)


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  • Table of Contents (2017 Edition)

    NFPA 58®: LP-Gas Code Handbook, 2017 Edition



    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    NFPA 58 Summary of Technical Changes: 2017

    PART 1 NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, with Commentary

    Chapter 1 Administration

    1.1 Scope

    1.2 Purpose (Reserved)

    1.3 Application

    1.4 Retroactivity

    1.5 Equivalency

    1.6 Units and Formulas (Reserved)

    1.7 Enforcement


    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General

    2.2 NFPA Publications

    2.3 Other Publications

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections


    Chapter 3 Definitions

    3.1 General

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

    3.3 General Definitions


    Chapter 4 General Requirements

    4.1 Acceptance of Equipment and Systems

    4.2 LP-Gas Odorization

    4.3 Notification of Installations

    4.4 Qualification of Personnel

    4.5 Ammonia Contamination

    4.6 Minimum Requirements

    4.7 Portable Fire Extinguisher


    Chapter 5 LP-Gas Equipment and Appliances

    5.1 Scope

    5.2 Containers

    5.3 Reserved

    5.4 Reserved

    5.5 Reserved

    5.6 Containers with Attached Supports

    5.7 Reserved

    5.8 Reserved

    5.9 Container Appurtenances

    5.10 Regulators and Regulator Vents

    5.11 Piping (Including Hose), Fittings, and Valves

    5.12 Reserved

    5.13 Internal Valves (Reserved)

    5.14 Valves Other Than Container Valves

    5.15 Hydrostatic Relief Valves

    5.16 Reserved

    5.17 Reserved

    5.18 Reserved

    5.19 Reserved

    5.20 Equipment

    5.21 Reserved

    5.22 Reserved

    5.23 Appliances

    5.24 Vaporizers, Tank Heaters, Vaporizing Burners, and Gas-Air Mixers

    5.25 Reserved

    5.26 Reserved

    5.27 Vehicle Fuel Dispensers


    Chapter 6 Installation of LP-Gas Systems

    6.1 Scope

    6.2 Location of Containers

    6.3 Location of Containers Not Connected for Use

    6.4 Container Separation Distances

    6.5 Other Container Location Requirements

    6.6 Installation of Containers with Attached Supports

    6.7 Location of Transfer Operations

    6.8 Installation of Containers

    6.9 Installation of Container Appurtenances

    6.10 Regulators

    6.11 Piping Systems

    6.12 Remote Shutoff Actuation

    6.13 Internal Valves

    6.14 Emergency Shutoff Valves

    6.15 Hydrostatic Relief Valve Installation

    6.16 Testing New or Modified Piping Systems

    6.17 Leak Check for Vapor Systems

    6.18 Installation in Areas of Heavy Snowfall

    6.19 Corrosion Protection

    6.20 Equipment Installation

    6.21 Bulk Plant and Industrial Plant LP-Gas Systems

    6.22 LP-Gas Systems in Buildings or on Building Roofs or Exterior Balconies

    6.23 Installation of Appliances

    6.24 Vaporizer Installation

    6.25 Ignition Source Control

    6.26 LP-Gas Systems on Vehicles (Other Than Engine Fuel Systems)

    6.27 Vehicle Fuel Dispenser and Dispensing Systems

    6.28 Containers for Stationary Engines

    6.29 Fire Protection

    6.30 Alternate Provisions for Installation of ASME Containers


    Chapter 7 LP-Gas Liquid Transfer

    7.1 Scope

    7.2 Operational Safety

    7.3 Venting LP-Gas to Atmosphere

    7.4 Quantity of LP-Gas in Containers


    Chapter 8 Storage of Cylinders Awaiting Use, Resale, or Exchange

    8.1 Scope

    8.2 General Provisions

    8.3 Storage Within Buildings

    8.4 Storage Outside of Buildings

    8.5 Fire Protection and Electrical Area Classification

    8.6 Automated Cylinder Exchange Stations


    Chapter 9 Vehicular Transportation of LP-Gas

    9.1 Scope

    9.2 Electrical Requirements

    9.3 Transportation in Portable Containers

    9.4 Transportation in Cargo Tank Vehicles

    9.5 Trailers, Semitrailers, and Movable Fuel Storage Tenders, Including Farm Carts

    9.6 Transportation of Stationary Containers to and from Point of Installation

    9.7 Parking and Garaging Vehicles Used to Carry LP-Gas Cargo


    Chapter 10 Buildings or Structures Housing LP-Gas Distribution Facilities

    10.1 Scope

    10.2 Separate Structures or Buildings

    10.3 Attached Structures or Rooms Within Structures


    Chapter 11 Engine Fuel Systems

    11.1 Scope

    11.2 Training

    11.3 Containers

    11.4 Container Appurtenances

    11.5 Quantity of LP-Gas in Engine Fuel Containers

    11.6 Carburetion Equipment

    11.7 Piping, Hose, and Fittings

    11.8 Installation of Containers and Container Appurtenances

    11.9 Installation in Interior of Vehicles

    11.10 Pipe and Hose Installation

    11.11 Equipment Installation

    11.12 Marking

    11.13 Industrial (and Forklift) Trucks Powered by LP-Gas

    11.14 General Provisions for Vehicles Having Engines Mounted on Them (Including Floor Maintenance Machines)

    11.15 Engine Installation Other Than on Vehicles

    11.16 Garaging of Vehicles


    Chapter 12 Motor Vehicles Intended for Over-the-Road Use or Designed to Transport Passengers and Are Fueled by LP-Gas

    12.1 Scope

    12.2 Definitions

    12.3 Commissioning Vehicles

    12.4 ASME Containers, Materials, and Equipment

    12.5 LP-Gas Fuel Systems

    12.6 Electrical Installation

    12.7 Installation of Pipe, Tubing, and Hose

    12.8 Protection of Pipe, Tube, and Hose

    12.9 Testing of Piping, Tubing, Hose, and Fittings

    12.10 LP-Gas Liquid and Vapor Injectors

    12.11 Fuel Rails and Distribution Blocks

    12.12 Vaporizer/Regulator Systems

    12.13 Fuel Lockoffs

    12.14 Servicing, Parking, and Display of Vehicles Indoors


    Chapter 13 Refrigerated Containers

    13.1 Construction and Design of Refrigerated Containers

    13.2 Marking on Refrigerated LP-Gas Containers

    13.3 Container Installation

    13.4 Refrigerated LP-Gas Container Instruments and Controls

    13.5 Refrigerated LP-Gas Container Impoundment

    13.6 Inspection and Testing of Refrigerated LP-Gas Containers and Systems

    13.7 Container Siting

    13.8 Relief Devices


    Chapter 14 Marine Shipping and Receiving

    14.1 Scope

    14.2 Piers

    14.3 Pipelines

    14.4 Inspections Prior to Transfer


    Chapter 15 Operations and Maintenance

    15.1 Scope

    15.2 Operating Requirements

    15.3 Maintenance


    Chapter 16 Pipe and Tubing Sizing Tables

    16.1 Sizing Pipe and Tubing



    A Explanatory Material

    B Properties of LP-Gases

    C Design, Construction, and Requalification of DOT (ICC) Cylinders

    D Design of ASME and API-ASME Containers

    E Pressure Relief Devices

    F Liquid Volume Tables, Computations, and Graphs

    G Wall Thickness of Copper Tubing

    H Procedure for Torch Fire and Hose Stream Testing of Thermal Insulating Systems for LP-Gas Containers

    I Container Spacing

    J Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 58

    K Burial and Corrosion Protection for Underground and Mounded ASME Containers

    L Suggested Methods of Checking for Leakage

    M A Suggested Container Purging Procedure

    N Informational References


    PART 2 Supplements


    1 Guidelines for Conducting a Fire Safety Analysis

    2 Preparing Propane Companies for Natural Disasters

    3 Cathodic Protection

    4 Home Fires Involving Grills

    5 Static Electricity in the Propane Industry



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  • Prior Editions

    2017 Edition

    Mitigate fuel gas hazards with answers and expert support. The 2017 edition of the LP-Gas Code Handbook is your go-to source for correct NFPA 58 application.

    Compliance with NFPA 58 is the most powerful way to help protect people and installations from a host of LP-Gas hazards. Stay on top of industry changes using the 2017 edition of the LP-Gas Code Handbook as a guide. This exclusive Handbook is loaded with information, advice, and new visuals that support your work, so you can help prevent system failures, leaks, tampering, fires, and explosions.

    The Handbook helps you solidify your grasp of Code requirements to maximize safety and job performance.

    • Clarify your understanding of NFPA 58 requirements through hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations -- including new graphics showing food truck applications, proper placement for LP-Gas container locations, and how NFPA 58 and NFPA 54 work together to help protect lives and property.
    • Avoid potential incidents through Lessons Learned.
    • Look to FAQs highlighting special areas of concern and answers to common questions about complying with NFPA 58.
    • Expand your knowledge about the history and development of NFPA 58 and the evolution of the gas industry.
    • Get details about preparing propane companies for natural disasters, cathodic protection for underground tanks, home fires involving grills, and other topics.

    Be better prepared to answer Code-related questions and pass inspections the first time:

    • Only the Handbook includes the complete updated text of NFPA 58, LP-Gas Code.
    • Authoritative commentary written by LP-Gas experts explains the intent behind provisions.
    • All-new commentary addresses LP-Gas fueled vehicles, hot air balloons, and other new coverage in NFPA 58.
    • Shading on changes in the Code from the previous edition makes it easy to identify what's new.

    Whether you're a propane installer, user, AHJ, inspector, or enforcer, the Handbook's on-demand solutions will help you work smarter and improve the safety and security of LP-Gas installations. (Hardbound, 659 pp., 2017)

    2014 Editon


    Editor: Denise Beach

    Apply rules right and avoid accidents, delays, and fines. Update to the 2014 LP-Gas Code Handbook for reliable answers to NFPA 58 questions.

    Don't let confusion or uncertainty about Code provisions compromise propane safety. Gain the knowledge to mitigate hazards and avoid costly -- and possibly deadly -- mistakes with the total on-the-job support only available in the 2014 LP-Gas Code Handbook. This exclusive up-to-date industry resource has the extra information, advice, and visuals you need to back up your work on every project and prevent LP-Gas system failures, leaks, tampering, fires, and explosions.

    Solidify your grasp of Code requirements to maximize safety and job performance. Only this essential NFPA 58 companion includes:

    • The complete text of the 2014 NFPA 58.
    • Authoritative commentary written by LP-Gas experts explains the intent behind provisions.
    • Practical insights and application advice help you implement requirements and pass inspections the first time.
    • Hundreds of full-color photos, illustrations, and graphics clarify concepts.
    • Vertical rules on the outside margins make it easy to identify changes -- just like in the Code.
    • FAQs highlight areas of concern based on input from the field.
    • Valuable supplements add to your knowledge of important topics such as preparing propane companies for natural disasters, cathodic protection for underground tanks, and home fires involving grills.

    Whether you're a propane installer, user, AHJ, inspector, or enforcer, if you use NFPA 58 the Handbook's on-demand answers and solutions will help you work smarter and improve the safety and security of LP-Gas installation. Order today! (Hardbound, 624 pp., 2014)


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