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How to Safely Store Your Propane Tank
Whether you use propane year-round or just for summer cookouts, it is critical to keep propane safety in mind at all times when it comes to handing your propane tank – including when it is not in use.
Here are three key safety tips to make sure your propane tank is safely stored:
Keep it outdoors – Never bring your propane tank into an indoor area, including your garage, basement, shed, or attic – for any reason. Use and store your propane outside in a dry, open, and well-ventilated area – preferably at least 10 feet away from your home on a flat surface, away from anything potentially flammable. Never leave your propane tank in your vehicle unattended.
Keep it stable – Whether you are storing, using, or transporting your propane tank, always keep it in a secure, upright position. Keeping your tank in this upright position will help to ensure your tank does not receive any damage that could lead to leaks or other potential safety hazards. This position also prevents liquid propane from escaping your tank.
Check for leaks before storing – Prior to putting your propane tank away in storage, make sure it is free of leaks and other problems. Inspect the tank in a well-ventilated, open outdoor area away from sparks or open flame.
If your propane tank is 10 years old or more, remember that it must be professionally recertified! Once it has been recertified the first time, it needs to be professionally recertified every five years.
At Bottini, your safety is always our priority! Have any propane safety questions for us? Give us a call today!