Why do I need a Safety Pilot Control?
Author: Rett Rasmussen Reference Number: AA-05086 Views: 811 Created: 2019-10-15 18:11 Last Updated: 2019-10-15 18:11 0 Rating/ Voters

A Safety Pilot Control (SPC) and Electronic Ignition System (EIS or IPI) shuts off the flow of gas to the burner in the event the pilot light blows out or if there is a flame out of the burner.  An SPC is required for all Propane installations, due to the nature of propane. Propane is heavier than air and in its raw state, it sinks and pools at the floor. It will continue pooling until it reaches a spark or flame, such as your water heater, furnace pilot light or static electricity, which can result in an explosion and fire.


Natural gas is lighter than air. In its raw state (such as occurs in a leak or flame-out), natural gas safely vents up the chimney into the atmosphere.  Although not necessary, many jurisdictions require the installation of an SPK on natural gas sets.  In any case, a safety pilot kit makes for a convenient means of lighting and enjoying your gas log set.

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