8 Propane Cylinder Safety Tips
Do you know how to safely transport, install, use, store, and refill a propane cylinder? At Propane Plus, LLC, it’s our duty to provide propane safety tips that help keep our Central Texas communities out of harm’s way. You can trust our experts to ensure compliance for propane cylinder use, with licensed technicians who can inspect your propane cylinder and appliances.
Keep your family and friends safe while using propane with these eight essential propane cylinder safety tips!
1. Carry Your Propane Cylinder in an Upright Position
When transporting your propane cylinder, be sure to always carry the cylinder in an upright position. The safety valve should be on top.
2. Do Not Transport Propane Cylinders in Closed Vehicles
If you are transporting your propane cylinder inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, open the windows. Heat can cause an explosive release of propane if the vehicle has the windows up.
3. Only Have Qualified Personnel Fill Your Cylinder
When it’s time to refill your cylinder, make sure a qualified person is handling the job. Your cylinder should only be filled up to a certain percentage.
4. Replace Propane Cylinders After 10 Years
You should replace your propane cylinder after 10 years or have it inspected and re-qualified. Please examine your cylinder closely for a date stamp on the collar. Contact Propane Plus, LLC for propane tank recertification.
5. Avoid Rusty or Damaged Cylinders
Propane cylinders that are rusty or damaged are unsafe to use. Assess your propane cylinders for signs of damage before using and replace it if necessary.
A propane cylinder may not be refilled if it is corroded, dented, bulging, or damaged on the valves.
6. Check Your Propane Cylinder for Leaks
When using a propane cylinder, check for leaks. This can be done using a water and soap solution; It will bubble, which indicates a leak.
Propane is odorless, so it is important to evaluate leaks carefully!
7. Avoid Flames & Heat
When operating your propane cylinder, keep the cylinder away from flame or heat. Refrain from smoking around your propane cylinder. Propane is flammable when mixed with air, flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks, and static electricity.
8. Use Propane Cylinders Properly
Propane cylinders are created for special uses and are not interchangeable. If a propane cylinder does not attach easily to an appliance or equipment, do not try to connect it!
Be sure to use your propane cylinder with only appliances and equipment approved for propane. There are signs when something isn't right with propane, so if the appliance or equipment does not connect easily, do not force it.
Contact Your Propane Experts in Central Texas
Based in Central Texas, Propane Plus, LLC has knowledgeable experts to ensure safe propane cylinder use at your home or business. These propane safety guidelines are state recommended, and our staff are trained in safe propane cylinder use.
If you smell gas or if there is an emergency, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 or your local fire department!
Ready to ensure your home or business has safe access to propane? Let Propane Plus, LLC evaluate the way you transport, use, and store propane. Call us today at 512-259-7587 or contact us online.