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Propane Tank Safety Reminders

Safety Reminders for Propane TanksWith the cold weather showing no signs of relenting, many homeowners are turning towards propane tanks to provide some additional heat. Similarly, many people haul propane tanks around during warmer months as they connect them to their gas grills. However, the use of propane tanks does come with additional risk. In order to ensure that everyone uses their propane tanks safely, there are a few safety reminders and facts to clear up.

Propane tanks are not dynamite

One of the largest misconceptions of propane use is the fact that it might be prone to exploding. If you hit your propane tank with your car, your lawnmower, or if they simply fall over, you are not going to have an immediate explosion on your hands. While it is certainly important to handle your propane tank in a safe manner, causing it to explode is much more difficult than most people assume.

In a properly manufactured propane tank, there are several different mechanisms and safety devices in place to ensure that the propane tank does not breach, rupture, or explode. The primary factor in any propane tank accident is human error.

Safety tips for propane tanks

In order to ensure that you reduce the chances of factory or human error, you should pay close attention to these four different tips:

  • General safety – It is important to keep flammable items from your propane tank. It is also a good idea to turn off your propane tank whenever it is not in use. You can detect carbon monoxide and propane leakages by buying a gas detector. It is important to turn off the propane tank valve immediately if you notice a foul odor emanating from the propane tank area.
  • Proper use – It is important to check for leaks right away every single time that you use a new propane tank. The easiest way of doing so is by using a simple solution of detergent or soap mixed in with water. Use a washcloth dipped in the solution and wipe along the rubbing tubing of your new propane tank with the washcloth. You can tell that the rubber tubing is leaking if bubbles start to form on the rubber tubing.
  • Storage tips – Make sure that you keep your propane tank outdoors. You want to avoid storing it in an enclosed space such as your basement or garage. Make sure to store the tank away from direct sunlight or any other source of heat. Always make sure to store your propane tank in an upright position. If you have not used your propane tank for a long time, it is important to repeat the steps mentioned under ‘proper use’.
  • Transporting tips – Always make sure to keep your propane tank in a standing position when transporting it. Make sure that you secure your tank with rope, not with a metal chain. As a safety measure, make sure that the windows to your car are open when transporting the tank.

Despite the fact that propane is highly flammable, it is possible to reduce the overall risk of use drastically. When you follow these safety tips, you are able to cut down on both human and production errors.

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