How To Safely Store Your Propane Tank

Protect Your Family And Home When Using Propane

store your propane tank safely new jerseyThere are so many ways you can use a propane cylinder at your home.

For starters, there’s the obvious one of your BBQ grill. From there, propane cylinders can be used with patio and deck heaters, fire pits, outdoor generators, mosquito traps and more!

It’s easy to make sure you always have a full propane tank on hand with Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange locations all over our service area here in southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

But once your propane tank is home, you have to put propane safety first so you can enjoy all your propane tank can do without worry. We’ve put together three key tips to help you do that.

Keep Your Propane Tank Outdoors

When cold or inclement weather approaches, the normal impulse is to bring things that are outdoors inside or into a covered space to protect them from the elements.

That’s not the case when it comes to propane tanks. They must be kept outdoors, in an open and well-ventilated area.

Propane tanks also need to be stored at least 10 feet away from your home.

If you are heading out to a Lil’ Hank’s Tank Exchange for a new, full propane tank, don’t leave either your empty tank or your full one unattended in the car.

If you have a propane portable generator, BBQ grill, deck or patio heater, or other similar outdoor propane equipment, NEVER operate them indoors or in an enclosed or covered area like a garage, sun porch or carport. It is a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard as well as a fire hazard.

Inspect The Tank For Leaks Before Storing

Before storing your propane tank, inspect it carefully — in a well-lit, well-ventilated open outdoor area away from open flame or other ignition sources —to make sure there are no leaks or other problems.

Keep Your Propane Tank Stable

Your propane tank should always be in a secure, upright position, whether you are storing, using, or transporting it. Keeping the tank upright protects it from damage that can cause leaks or other hazards. It also prevents liquid propane from getting out of the tank.

Be sure to contact us for all of your propane needs – and make sure to view our COVID-19 page and follow us on Facebook for the latest updates regarding our services during the COVID-19 outbreak.