Propane Safety: U-Haul Inspecting Tanks before Labor Day BBQs

Free safety and qualification checks on all cylinders this weekend at 1,100-plus U-Haul stores where propane is sold

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 29, 2019) — As friends and families gather to feast on grilled burgers, brats, chops and kabobs this Labor Day weekend, pause to consider one thing while organizing your backyard cookout.

Safety comes first. Always.

U-Haul® is asking propane users to visit any of its 1,100-plus Company-owned facilities where propane is sold now through Labor Day weekend for a free safety inspection and qualification check on all cylinders from its propane certified technicians.

“We are offering to check the qualification date on your cylinder, examine the valve for any leaks, and inspect the cylinder for dents, cracks, gouges and excess rust that can be a danger,” stated John Barnett, U-Haul propane program manager.

“Propane is a big part of our business, and we’re interested in promoting safety with these free inspections so people can have an enjoyable holiday cookout. We invite everyone to take advantage of this – and get their cylinders filled while on site.”


Barnett estimates that up to 5 million 20-pound propane tanks, commonly used for BBQ grills, enter the U.S. market annually. A large number of tanks also lapse in qualification each year, he added, and cannot be legally filled without inspection and requalification.

Propane tanks are qualified for 10 years from the original manufactured date stamped on their collars. Customers have two options if qualification has lapsed. They can visit a propane company to have a tank requalified, if it passes inspection. That can cost about $25 and requalification lasts for five years, Barnett said.

Or customers can purchase a new 20-pound BBQ tank with a fuel gauge that is good for 10 years, and is available at U-Haul stores for $34.95.


U-Haul employs certified propane technicians to fill and help identify any issues with the cylinders. The Company began selling propane in 1984 and has been the largest retailer of the gas in the U.S. since 1987.

Today, U-Haul supplies propane to thousands of customers daily across North America.

Propane is the focus of several U-Haul sustainability initiatives. The Company continues to grow its propane autogas locations to service alternative-fuel vehicles, and champions green products like the 1-pound reusable propane cylinder, a safer and more responsible option to disposable tanks.

Visit to learn more about U-Haul ecofriendly practices.

About U-Haul

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of 22,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers secure access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the customer dispatch option on their smartphones and our proprietary Live Verify technology. Our customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 167,000 trucks, 120,000 trailers and 43,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 697,000 rooms and 60.7 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry, and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S.


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