For many people, summer means it's time to bust out the pool supplies, fill up the coolers, and fire up the grill. But before the fun begins, it's a good idea to refresh yourself about propane safety.
If you encounter any issues with your propane tank, bring it to your local propane U-Haul location for a free inspection to check for any rust, dents, or any issue with the valve. Follow these propane tank safety tips this summer to enjoy those hamburgers, hot dogs, and grilled veggies.
Where to Store Your Propane Tank in the Summer
Propane tanks should be stored in a shaded, dry, and well-ventilated area. Avoid keeping your tank in direct sunlight. If you keep your tank connected to your grill, make sure that your grill cover also goes over the propane tank. According to the Propane Education and Research Council, never store or use a propane tank indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
As we mention in our grill safety tips, your propane tank needs to be 10 feet from any other propane tank and three feet away from your home. If it’s not attached to your grill or other machines, place the tank in an upright position on a dry, even surface that has shade and ventilation.
How do You Turn Off a Propane Tank
On a propane tank used for grilling, the tank valve will have arrows pointing in the direction to turn it to open and close it. Following the valve will tell you how to turn your propane tank off. Always turn your tank off after every use.
How to Tell if a Propane Tank is Leaking
The easiest way to know if there is a leak is the smell. Although propane is naturally odorless, a chemical is added to know if there is a leak. A smell like rotten eggs or skunk spray indicates you may have a propane leak.
The best time to check for a leak is when you connect your propane tank or before you start grilling. If you suspect a leak but are unsure about it, try the “bubble test.” First, turn the propane tank off. Use a special leak detector solution or a soapy water solution. Apply the solution to the connections between the cylinder valve and outlet. Slowly turn the propane tank back on to see if bubbles appear. If there are bubbles, shut the propane tank off immediately and call 911 or your propane service provider.
Another way to tell if your propane tank is leaking is that you’re going through propane faster than normal without changing your usage. If your grill or any other equipment reliant on propane isn’t working properly, this also could be an indication of a leak.
Any signs of rust or dents could also be a sign of a leak. If you find any of the above issues with your tank or valve, then there’s a good chance the tank is inoperable in its current condition. You can swap out your old tank and buy a new one at any U-Haul location that sells propane and have it filled as well.
How Safe are Propane Tanks?
Propane tanks are extremely safe. Tanks are designed with the consumer in mind because of the easy turn-on and off valve, the pressure relief valve for self-regulating in extreme temperatures, and tanks are very durable, and are manufactured and certified for 12 years. Propane itself is very safe because it’s non-toxic.
Following these propane safety tips will make you dominate the cookouts. With over 1,100 locations for propane tank refills, U-Haul is a top choice for your propane needs. We also have propane autogas stations across the country and offer propane tanks, parts & accessories, grilling accessories, and space heaters. Fill up your tank today at your local U-Haul location!