Safe Storage Of Your Propane Tanks: The Dos And Don’ts
What to do, and not to do, with propane cylinders
Do you use propane cylinder type tanks for your grill? If so, you know all of the advantages of grilling with propane, including ease, convenience, and great results. These propane tanks can do a whole lot of other things around your Seacoast region home. They can run outdoor fireplaces and firepits, pool and spa heaters, patio and deck heaters, insect traps, and portable generators. But there are some things you need to know about how to store them safely. We’ve put together an easy, user-friendly do and don’t list.
Dos and Don’ts of propane tank storage
- DO store propane tanks in a cooler place, out of direct sunlight.
- DON’T expose propane tanks to heat over 120˚ Fahrenheit. It may cause a leak or, worse, combustion.
- DO store propane tanks outdoors.
- DON’T store propane tanks indoors or in a garage, basement, carport, shed, sunporch, or carport.
- DO keep propane tanks away from flames and spark-producing tools.
- DON’T store your backup grill tank near the grill.
- DO store propane tanks upright.
- DON’T store propane tanks on their sides, because that can lead to the release of liquid and vapors.
- DO store propane tanks on a dry, level surface.
- DON’T store propane tanks on wet ground or any other surface that gets wet, as that can lead to the tank rusting and pitting that could make the tank useless if not dangerous.
- DO inspect your propane tank frequently and replace if damaged.
- DON’T use a propane tank that is rusty or has damage.
- DO store propane tanks upright and secured while taking them for refill or exchange.
- DON’T leave propane tanks in a closed vehicle. That means no running other errands while exchanging or refilling your propane tank.
- DO get your propane tank professionally refilled by a qualified propane distributor.
- DON’T refill outdated tanks with expired certification. It is against the law. Propane cylinders must be recertified 12 years after their date of manufacture and every five years after that.
Have questions about propane safety? Contact us. We’ll be glad to help! undefined