How To Safely Store Your Propane Tank

storing your propane tank north carolinaHowever you use a propane tank at your North Carolina home, whether it’s for a summer cookout, mosquito trap, firepit, patio heater, or portable generator, you need to put propane safety first and foremost.

We have put together three important propane tank safety tips to help protect you, your family, and your home.

Keep Your Propane Tank Outdoors

When cold or inclement weather approaches, the normal impulse is to bring things that are outdoors inside or into a covered space to protect them from the elements.
But when it comes to propane tanks, that’s a dangerous mistake.

Propane tanks need to be kept outdoors, in an open and well-ventilated area. They also should be stored at least 10 feet away from your home.

If you are bringing your propane tank to be refilled or exchanged, or home from that, do not leave your propane tank unattended in your car.

When bad weather comes or you are dealing with a power outage, this rule applies to using propane as well. If you have a propane portable generator, BBQ grill, or other similar equipment, NEVER operate them indoors or in an enclosed or covered area like a garage, sunporch or carport.

Keep Your Propane Tank Stable

Always keep your propane tank in a secure, upright position. That applied whether you’re using, storing, or transporting it. This makes sure your tank isn’t damaged, which can cause leaks or other safety hazards, and prevents liquid propane from escaping from the tank.

Keep An Eye Out For Leaks Before Storing

Before storing your propane tank, inspect it carefully — in a well-lit, well-ventilated open outdoor area away from open flame or other ignition sources —to make sure there are no leaks or other problems.

If your propane tank is 10 years old or older, it needs to be professionally recertified. Once it is recertified for the first time, it needs to be professionally recertified every five years.

When you need a refill of your propane tank, you can come to any Parker Gas location —we’re in Clinton, Smithfield, Newton Grove, Wilmington, Mt. Olive, and Fayetteville—during regular business hours for safe, professional propane cylinder refill service.

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You can count on Parker Gas for all of your propane tank needs! Contact us today to learn more.