No matter what you use propane for – grilling, heating, cooking – it’s important to learn how to store the tanks during the summer. Improper storage can lead to a devastating accident. Below are three steps to take for storing propane tanks in the hot summer months.
- The best place to store a propane tank for the summer is outside in a dry place and on an even surface with plenty of ventilation. It should also be at least 10 feet from any other propane tanks or machines, including grills. The tank shouldn’t get too hot because it could cause the valve to release the gas, which could lead to a fire. Consider building a fence around it to keep animals and people, particularly kids, from going near it.
- How you store your tank is as important as where you store it. Once you’ve found an appropriate place for the tank, you need to know how to store it. Propane tanks should be stored upright with the tops secured. To make sure they remain upright, purchase a stabilizer designed specifically for the weight and type of propane tank. These stabilizers are particularly important if you need to transport the tank. No more than four tanks at one time should be moved in an enclosed vehicle.
- After you’ve figured out where to place your tank and how to secure it, you need to have it inspected. Doing this minimizes the chances of a disaster, especially during the heat of summer. It’s good to have a professional check the tank for leaks, damage, and propane levels. If the tank is at least 10 years old, a professional needs to requalify it before being stored. Bubbles on the tank or a sulfur smell indicate a leak. If you notice either of these, turn off the valve and call the fire department to properly handle the situation.