Small propane cylinders/tanks can be used for a variety of activities in the Summer such as heating, cooking, or grilling. As such, many propane users own small propane tanks and get them refilled at local refilling stations throughout the summer. For those that do, it’s important to know how the rules and regulations for transporting propane tanks and how to properly handle and store these small propane tanks to prevent a dangerous accident.
Handling and Storing Small Propane Tanks
Here are some of the best steps you can take to safely handle and store your propane tank during the Summer heat.
- Location: Make sure to place your small propane tank outside in a dry area. You will also want to make sure it is on an even surface with ample ventilation. The propane tank should be at least 10 feet from any other machines, grills, or propane tanks and the tank should not be placed in an area where it becomes too hot. Overheating can cause the valve to release gas and cause a fire.
- Protection: In order to protect your tank from animals and children going near it, consider building a fence around the propane tank.
- Placement: Make sure you store your tank in a vertical, upright position and secure the top of the tank. If you need a little bit of help, you can invest in a stabilizer created specifically for your tank’s weight and type to help the tank stay upright.
- Inspection: Make sure to have your propane tank inspected after you have secured it in a safe location. Seek the help of a professional to check for damage, propane levels, and leaks. If your propane tank is over 12 years old, a professional must requalify it before you can store it.
- Important Signs: Look for bubbles on the tank and pay close attention for a sulfur smell. These signs can indicate a leak. If you notice any of these signs, immediately shut the valve off and call the fire department.
Transporting Small Propane Tanks
It is very important to handle small propane tanks with care when transporting them. Here are some important transportation tips to consider when traveling with propane tanks or taking your propane tank for refills.
- Make sure you secure your propane tank in an upright position. You do not want the propane tank to roll over, fall, or shift when driving as it is a safety hazard to drive with the propane tank turned on its side.
- Do not transport more than 90 lbs of total propane weight in an enclosed vehicle. Propane users can transport more than 90 lbs of total propane only if it is in the back of an open pickup truck or trailer.
- Avoid transporting more than four tanks at one time in a single vehicle.
- Make sure you place the propane tank in a well-ventilated area of the vehicle.
- Never smoke while transporting propane.
- Never leave your propane tank inside a closed vehicle for long periods of time and never leave a propane cylinder in a hot vehicle.
- Make sure you close the cylinder valve (even when the cylinder is empty). You can seal it with a plug for extra security.
- Proceed straight to your destination and immediately remove the cylinder from the vehicle when you arrive.
- Return the filled propane cylinder to a secure and upright position outdoors. Avoid putting the tank in a shed or garage.
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