Summertime means sunshine, outdoor time and hanging with friends and family. It can also mean extreme heat, so our propane tip of the month for large tanks is:
In extreme heat, cool your tank down by spraying it with a garden hose. It can help lower the gas pressure and elevated temperature levels.
And here are a few more general propane safety tips for summer!
Care & Storage
- Keep propane cylinders cool: Don’t store in direct sunlight, hot locations or in your car for extended periods.
- Don’t store them in indoor living spaces.
- Keep tanks upright: They have safety release valves that are designed to work properly when upright.
- Keep them clear from open flames or other heat sources.
- When transporting in your vehicle, secure the tank firmly and keep it upright.
- Visually inspect the tanks for dents, rust, or corrosion and replace if needed.
- Close the valve when not in use.
- Have tanks filled by professionals: Don’t attempt to do so on your own.
- Check before first use: Test for leaks in lines and at the valves to ensure all is working properly (use the water and dish soap test).
Tips When Grilling
- Keep your grill in a well-ventilated area (never enclosed or indoors)
- Before using, clean the grill well to alleviate flare ups.
- Check the lines to ensure all is in good working order (see leak test above).
- Keep a working fire extinguisher nearby whenever you are using a propane cylinder.
- Turn off the grill’s burner controls and the propane tank valve when not using.
- If you detect a leak (and smell of rotten eggs), turn off the tank and contact a professional.
If you have questions about propane use or would like to heat and cool your home with propane, please give us a call or stop in and speak to a Wright Services professional!