How To Stay Safe Around Propane Tanks

Propane tanks are prone to puncture. Because of this, they have safety mechanisms in place. But, there are still some things you need to know to stay safe around propane tanks. Here are some safety tips:

  • Do not smoke or have open flames near propane tanks. Flames around propane can cause fire or even explosion.
  • If you smell gas, turn off the gas valve, but only if it's safe. If it's not safe to turn off the gas supply, leave the area and call the fire department.
  • Store propane tanks in well ventilated places, away from heat sources. Do not store them anywhere where they are likely to roll. This reduces the risk of puncture or fire.
  • Due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, don't store propane tanks in your home or garage. Store them outside. Do not store them near your grill. Do not store a tank in a place that gets direct sunlight due to the risk of overheating.
  • Always check tanks and hoses to make sure they are in good condition before using.
  • Make sure the valve is tightly closed shut when not in use to prevent leaks.
  • If you can, ask the propane company to deliver your tanks. Tanks that are improperly secured and placed during transit can roll, leak, or puncture.
  • If the valve will not turn, don't force it or the tank may rupture.
  • If your tank is old or empty, ask the propane company where you can dispose it.
  • If the tank is rusted, dispose of it immediately. Rust can diminish the smell of propane so that you won't know when there's a leak.
  • Don't let your tank ever get completely empty. Doing so can cause rust to grow in the tank. In rare instances, the tank may even rupture due to a change in the tank's internal pressure.
  • Always check inspection dates on propane tanks and get them inspected every time you refill them.
  • Do not let children play around propane tanks.
  • When hooking up the tank to your grill, check for the smell of propane before and after turning on the valve. If you smell gas, unhook the tank.
  • Have a bucket of water ready when you grill. If you smell gas at any point while grilling, put out the fire immediately.
  • Having a beer or two while grilling out is common. But, do not allow the adult doing the grilling and operating the tank to drink.

With these tips in mind, you can be safe around propane tanks, no matter how you use them. (For more information on propane tanks, contact Northwest Propane LLC)