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How to Safely Store Propane Tanks for Winter

How to Safely Store Propane Tanks for Winter Alto MI

Don’t forget to store your propane tank for the winter! Not storing your propane tank the right way can make it useless for the next grilling season and even compromise your safety. Safety is very important when dealing with your propane tanks. It is best to always remember the following safety tips.

Continue reading to learn the best way to protect your propane tank from the winter elements. For more information, don’t hesitate to call one of our propane dealers in Michigan. We are here to help you make sure that you store your propane tanks safely and get the most life out of them.

Winter Storage for Propane Tanks

Get Your Propane Tank Inspected

How old is your propane tank? An easy way to find out is to check the top of your propane tank for the certification date. By law, propane companies can’t refill your tank if it’s more than 12 years old. We recommend getting your propane tank inspected for rust, punctures, leaks, or other signs of damage before storing it away for winter. That way, you’ll have peace of mind the next time you use your propane gas tank for grilling.

Do NOT Store Propane Tanks Inside

Never bring your propane gas tank inside for any reason. Propane gas expands as it’s heated, increasing the pressure inside the tank. Since the compressed gas has nowhere else to go, it will force the safety valve to open and flood your home with flammable gas. For this reason, many states have made it illegal to store propane tanks inside.

If you plan on storing your grill in the garage, you’ll need to detach the propane gas tank so it can be stored outside. Be sure to tape a plastic bag over the grill’s gas line opening so it doesn’t get filled with opportunistic insects. A portable propane tank is tough enough to endure temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit, which means you won’t have to worry about it being outside.

Do NOT Store Propane Tanks in Detached Buildings

While some people believe storing their propane tank in a detached shed or garage is safe, this couldn’t be more false. Even small propane tanks can cause huge explosions when a leak goes undetected and builds up in an enclosed space.

Propane must stay at a boiling point of -44 degrees to remain a liquid. Propane would instantly evaporate in the event of a leak, which means it couldn’t contaminate soil and groundwater. Propane also doesn’t produce any greenhouse gases in its natural state. All of this means that a propane gas leak is safer when it’s not trapped in an enclosed space.

Keep Propane Tanks Outside

Are you storing your grill outside for the winter? If so, shut off your propane tank and leave it connected to the grill. Once you’re done cleaning and winterizing your grill, cover the entire grill so it’s protected from the elements. Be sure to also keep your grill and propane tank away from any furnace vents, dryer vents, and areas where children play.

If you have any extra propane tanks for grills, stand them upright on a flat surface off the ground. Otherwise, rust may build up inside the propane gas tank and dilute the bad smell added by the manufacturer. If your propane tank is almost empty, air and moisture can also dilute the bad small and make it harder for you to detect leaks.

To schedule your next propane tank refill or inspection with Altogas, call any of our propane dealers in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, and Zeeland. We look forward to hearing from you!

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