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Summer Safety Tips for Your Propane Tank

Summer Safety Tips for Your Propane Tank Alto Michigan

Before firing up the propane grill, it’s important that you follow our safety tips so you can avoid some of the common mistakes homeowners make. Not only will our tips keep you and your family safe, but they’ll also help prolong the lives of your propane tank and grill so you can save money in the long run. Continue reading to learn our summer safety tips for your propane tank. For more information, contact one of our propane dealers.

Inspect Your Propane Grill

After several months of sitting in your garage, you’ll want to inspect your grill for any damage you may not have noticed last fall. While we understand you may be impatient to start grilling burgers, it’s important to make sure your propane grill is safe to use before lighting it.

Grill Inspection Checklist:

  • Inspect hoses for leaks, cracks, and holes
  • Make sure tubes leading to the burner aren’t clogged
  • Clean old grease from grates and dip trays
  • Sweep out spiders

Inspect Your Propane Tank

After inspecting your grill, you’ll want to turn your attention to your propane cylinder. Are there any dents or gouges compromising the structural integrity of the tank? Is your propane tank covered in rust? If you suspect your propane tank isn’t safe to use, call your propane supplier as soon as possible. Your local propane dealers will be able to replace your old tank with a new one.

Tank Inspection Checklist:

  • Inspect tank for leaks
  • Check for rust and corrosion
  • Check for dents, gouges, and other structural damage
  • Check certification date (tanks more than 12 years old can’t be refilled)

You’ll need to replace your propane cylinder if it’s more than 12 years old. Check the top of your propane tank for the certification date. Depending on your propane tank’s safety features and when it was initially certified, you may be able to extend the expiration date 5 years. Schedule a propane refill when you have less than a quarter of a tank.

Check for Propane Gas Leaks

Propane manufacturers add a distinctive skunk or rotten egg smell to propane so you can detect leaks as soon as possible. If you aren’t sure if there’s a leak, apply soapy water or a special leak detector solution to where the propane tank’s cylinder valve and regulator outlet connect. Next, you’ll need to slowly open the cylinder valve. Bubbles will form if there’s a leak.

The easiest way to detect a leak is if you smell something bad. However, old age and certain medications can make it difficult to smell. Always check for leaks before using your propane tank. That way, you’ll have peace of mind while grilling for friends and family.

Don’t Leave Propane Tanks in Your Car

Never leave your propane tank sitting in your car, especially in the summer. Heat expands propane gas, which can potentially cause the tank to explode. If you have a list of errands you need to run, getting propane should be last. While transporting residential propane, keep the tank vertical in a large cardboard box or wooden crate. The safety release valve will only work if the tank is kept vertical during transportation.

Our Michigan propane dealers are dedicated to helping customers understand how to take care of their propane tanks year-round. To schedule a propane delivery or browse our propane tanks for sale call Altogas in Alto, Benton Harbor, Charlotte, Edmore, or Zeeland.

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