Summer brings warm weather. Warm weather brings Grilling. Grilling for many brings propane refilling, usage and care.
We at H&H want to make sure you are using your propane tank safely this and every summer. That’s why we put together a basic guide to using your tank this summer.
Guideline #1: NEVER, ever, store tanks indoors.
Propane tanks are meant to be stored outdoors in a contained area, such as under your grill in a cabinet specified for such. Keeping a propane tank indoors poses a major safety hazard. Any leakage is more likely to cause a fire indoors as opposed to outdoors. This is because there are more materials inside your house that could catch fire from propane versus outside. When we sell tanks to customers, this is the first point of information we advise. The photo below shows a safe place to store a propane tank.
Guideline #2: Propane tanks should be stored securely and upright.
Securely – Storing securely means that the tank should not be rolling around the trunk of your car while you are driving. If outside, tanks should be near a grill on a patio or ideally in a place designed for grills, like under the grill.
Upright – Upright is the only direction tank should sit. Sitting a tank on its side can cause leakage and propane vapor release which causes a potential explosion.
Guideline #3: Keep the valve tightly closed when not in use.
This may seem self-evident but needs to be said. If the valve is not tightly close leaks can occur. When opening the tank, open the valve very slowly.
Guideline #4: In New Jersey (and Pennsylvania) replace your tank every 12 years at minimum.
We do not fill a tank that is older than 12 years old by New Jersey state law. The tank’s ability to contain LP can deteriorate, the tank can rust and thus cause a potential leak problem.
Guideline #5: If you a buying a new tank, it needs to have an OPD (Overfill Protection Device).
The overfill protection device prevents the tank from being overfilled. When a tank is filled and used, the LP expands within the tank. There must be at least 20% empty space within the tank for expansion. Without this, the tank could potentially explode during LP expansion. OPD’s prevent tanks from becoming overfilled at your local propane station.
Guideline #6: If you a buying a new tank, it may have plastic wrap on it. This needs to be removed before use,
H&H’s tanks do not have this plastic covering. However, if you buy a tank from somewhere else, it may have a plastic covering on it when your purchase. Take this covering off before using. Condensation will build up between the tank and the plastic, rusting the tank and causing the need for a new tank.
Guideline #7: Any additional tanks should be stored away from one another.
Do not store tanks near each other. If there is any type of leak or explosion, it will catch on and multiple to the second tank.
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