It’s barbecue season, which means your propane gas grill is likely getting its seasonal workout. If you’re a frequent griller, you’ll find yourself having to swap out the propane tanks fairly often. While it’s not difficult, there are some key safety tips to keep in mind. For a fun and safe barbecue season, here are a few do’s and don’t of propane tank safety.
Inspect your tank regularly.
Whether stored or in active use, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the integrity and condition of your tank. Every time you refill the tank, look for dents and any signs of damage or rust. Even if you aren’t using it often, it’s a good idea to check your tank once a month.
Check for leaks in the tubing.
Look for leaks before lighting the grill with either a leak-detection solution or soapy water. To use soapy water, dip a cloth in the soap and water solution and place it on the tubing. If it bubbles, it’s an indication of a leak, and you should avoid using the grill. Don’t try to fix leaks yourself. Instead, replace the tank with a new one. Never check for leaks with matches or lighters.
Keep propane tanks off the floor.
Moisture easily gets transferred to the tank if you store it on the floor. This eventually leads rust, which could potentially end with a propane leak. Instead, store tanks off the ground on elevated flat surfaces that will not burn or collect water.
Store propane tanks in enclosed spaces.
If any vapors escape the tank, it’s important to ensure it’s in a ventilated space. Enclosed spaces allow escaped vapors to build up and could lead to a potential explosion. Always make sure the valve is closed and the opening is capped, and keep tanks out of garages and homes. During transport, do not put the tank in the trunk of your car.
Expose tank to heat.
Exposure to heat from either fire or prolonged sunshine can cause your tank to explode. Keep it in an area that will not exceed 120 degrees.
Set tanks on their sides.
It’s important that propane tanks are always placed and stored in the upright position. Should the safety valve open when a tank is placed on its side, liquid could escape rather than vapors, which is much more dangerous.
From barbecue grills to propane for the daily operations of your home or business, Murphy’s Gas Co. Inc. in Connersville, IN, has you covered. They’ll deliver it right to your home or business. They’ll even install it for you and are available 24/7 should you need emergency services. Visit their website to learn more about their scheduled delivery options or tank inspection services. Call them today at (800) 284-9585 today to schedule a consultation or delivery.