Read the below helpful tips on propane tank safety courtesy of Renewit Cleaning & Restoration, Rochester, New York
Here in Rochester, NY and other parts of the Northeast, summer is a beloved season for its sunshine, warm weather, and also because it marks the time to wheel out those grills! However, there have recently been many stories in the news regarding propane explosions – many caused by the improper storage or use of the tanks themselves. Every year, 600 fires and/or explosions are caused by propane tanks. If you or someone you know owns a propane tank for a grill or any other reason, take a second to read the tips below and educate yourself on propane tank safety.
Propane Tank Safety Tips
– Make sure the valve is closed tightly when not in use, or when moving the grill or tank. This is the most important thing to remember. Many times, you can tell when the valve has been left open by the unpleasant smell of propane in the air.
– Keep the tank in a vertical position. Do not ever lay the tank on its side. If you have to transport it in a car, stand it up in one of the seats, and open the windows in case a leak occurs.
-Inspect the tank regularly. If there are signs of cuts, dents, or rust on the tank, replace it immediately.
– Check for leaks. Combine equal parts water and liquid dish detergent in a bucket and wipe it over the tank’s connections and valves. If bubbles start to form, a leak is present, and the tank must be replaced as soon as possible.
– Never store your grill and/or tank in an enclosed space, such as a garage, shed, basement, etc. If the tank was ever to leak, and a small spark was present, the tank could explode causing major damage and even fatalities.
– Never smoke near a propane tank. Smoking near propane could ignite an explosion and be disastrous.
– Never secure a tank with metal chains. Metal on metal can often produce a spark, which could be lethal if a tank was leaking.
Even though grilling is a very popular activity during the summer months, and sometimes year-round, it is imperative to remember how to keep you, your family, and your household safe, while using and storing a propane tank. Keep these propane tank safety tips in mind during the summer months to keep you and your family safe.
If you or anyone you know has experienced unexpected disasters from propane tanks or other fire restoration needs, contact a local fire damage restoration company near you!