Petrochemicals: Helping Keep you Safe During Hurricane Season

From the AFPM Petro Primer Blog

Petrochemical-based products are used in a range of housing applications, including roofs, windows and walls. These applications are critical to ensure that a home can sustain the potentially damaging winds and water from a hurricane.

Advance hurricane warning systems, also powered by oil and natural gas, help keep people informed of whether a storm my be coming their way. These items ensure a higher level of safety and potentially reduce the impact of a storm.

A sea wall is a coastal defense which is built to protect areas of human habitation, conservation and leisure activities from tides and waves. A sea wall can be made from a range of materials including the use of polyvinyl chloride and fiberglass which are both made from petrochemicals.

Your hurricane preparedness supply kit also contains products made almost entirely from petrochemical-based products:

• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Pop quiz – how many of these items involve petrochemical-based products? The answer is almost all of them, whether it is packaging for the food/water or plastic products made from petrochemicals (e.g., hand crank radio, flashlight, elements of the first aid kit, cell phone, etc.). Hurricanes can be dangerous events. Petrochemical based products can help keep you safe.

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Did you know oil and gas is keeping you safe?

Eye in the Sky

Traffic signals keep us safe on the road, directing the cacophony of traffic that fills our roads and conducting the symphony of cars.

Traffic light housings are sometimes made of molded polypropylene plastic. The lens for each light is made of tinted glass or plastic. The lense hood or visor is often made of plastic. The electrical components within the controller—switches, relays, and timers— have  copper wiring with a heavy neoprene rubber or plastic insulation.

Firemen save lives every day. The fire trucks, hoses and special uniforms and equipment they use keep them safe and allow them to rescue and protect. 

Many parts of the fire truck are made from oil and gas products, including the water tank which holds 500-1000 gallons of water and is typically made from polypropylene - a petroleum product!

Car Seat Safety

These amazing devices keep our most precious cargo safe while we drive. Tough flexible plastic called polypropylene, fabrics and vinyls that can withstand flammability tests, and foam padding that protect our children are all oil and gas products. Read more about how they're made.

Making your Drive Safer!

Oil & gas products have make significant contributions to safety and innovation for the automotive industry. Plastics are used in airbags, which have greatly increased safety and reduced injury or death in accidents. Seatbelts also use plastics, nylon and other synthetic fibers to properly restrain you during a crash, making driving even safer. Other innovations like cameras and sensors that detect lane changes and stopping vehicles are also made possible by oil & gas products! Read more at

Plastics Make it Possible: Innovations in Plastics Contribute to Safety & Sustainability

Innovations in plastics play indispensable roles in helping reduce preventable injuries and deaths. Numerous health, medical, and safety tools made possible by plastics contribute significantly to our safety, which enables us to be more productive and live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives. These innovations also contribute to sustainability by reducing the negative impacts of injuries and death on our families, society, the economy and the environment.

For more about how these great oil & gas products keep us safe on the road, at home, in medical facilities and more, read this great article by Plastics Make it Possible.

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The Sky's the Limit

Parachute makers began using nylon in parachutes during World War II, as it was more elastic, more resistant and less expensive than the formerly-used silk. Learn more.

 It is estimated that one person is killed every 32 minutes and another person is injured every 26 seconds in alcohol-related accidents.

Breathalyzers use a plastic case generally made from low density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), or  polystyrene (PS) plastic - petroleum products. The pump is made of glass and nylon and used to pull the alcohol into the breathalizer. These devices are essential to keeping alcohol-impaired drivers off the road and keeping drivers safe.  

Protecting our Troops

Oil and gas products do so much to keep our troops safe. and offer high-tech gear to make their jobs easier and more efficient. Uniforms and boots are made from polyester and offer protection and mobility. Boots and Kevlar are made from a petrochemical derivative called amamid fiber. Special ropes for repelling from helicopters and parachutes are also oil and gas products. Learn more in this great article by AFPM.

Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof

Kevlar vests, better known as bulletproof vests, and kevlar helmets are created from petroleum products and keep our policeman and soldiers safe every day. Bulletproof Vests are sheets of advanced plastics polymers placed inside of a fabric shell made from a polyester/cotton blend or nylon. They may also have nylon padding for extra protection, protecting and serving those who protect and serve.

Oil and gas products make many objects that help keep us safe, including hard hats, safety vests and reflective gear. 

Because it is strong, lightweight, easy to mold, and nonconductive to electricity, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used in most industrial hard hats. Nylon, vinyl and expanded polystyrene (EPS) are also used in making hard hats. Learn more!

Staying afloat with Oil and Gas

These oil and gas products are literally saving lives. Life preservers are made from nylon - another material made from petroleum. From the thread, zippers & plastic closure, even the foam inside the life jacket is made from oil & gas. Read more about how this works!