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Propane safety tips

When handled correctly, propane gas is a safe, clean-burning energy source. Please read and follow the safety tips provided below and never take safety for granted!

At home or in transit

  • Do not use, inspect or store a propane tank indoors.
  • Always keep your propane tanks upright and secure. When on its side, a propane tank's relief valve may open, allowing flammable gas to escape. We recommend the Tankfoot or Tank Nanny to aid in safely transporting your propane tank.
  • Never leave your propane tank in your vehicle. If your tank is left or stored in your vehicle, heat, sunlight and motion can increase pressure to an unsafe level creating a flammable, explosive environment. Always use, inspect and store propane tanks in well-ventilated areas.
  • Inspect your propane tank for leaks prior to use. The unintentional discharge of propane gas can cause a flammable, explosive environment. To check for leaks wipe down propane tanks and connections with a solution of soapy water. If a leak is present bubbles will form. If a leak is found, turn the valve off and check the system.
  • Propane gas leaks are indicated by the distinct odor of rotten eggs in the air. Remove any source of flame from the area and repair or replace any defective parts.

Contact your local fire department for rules and regulations in your area or if you have further questions.

At your local U-Haul propane refill station

  • Do not smoke near dispensing tanks.
  • Take your propane tank directly to the dispensing station. Never take a propane tank indoors.
  • Never leave your propane tank in your vehicle. If your propane tank is left or stored in your vehicle, heat, sunlight and motion can increase pressure to an unsafe level creating a flammable, explosive environment.
  • All new tanks must be properly purged before the first filling. New propane tanks are water-tested, emptied and filled with a neutral gas by the manufacturer to protect the inside from rust while shipping.
  • Passengers must exit recreational vehicles or campers during refilling. In addition, any flames or heat sources inside the recreational vehicle or camper must be extinguished or turned off.
  • Old tanks must be re-qualified. Propane tanks older than 12 years (10 years in Canada) must be re-qualified before they can be refilled.
  • An overfill prevention device (OPD valve) is required for refilling. All barbecue grill propane tanks must be equipped with an OPD valve.
  • We inspect all propane tanks for certification date and condition before refilling. If a propane tank is uncertified, damaged, has a bent or missing collar or foot ring, excessive rust or has been painted violates national propane gas rules and policies and will not be refilled. If you are in need of a new propane tank, we recommend the FlameSaver propane tank.

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