If you’re anything like us, you love to grill. You love running the patio heater on a cool fall night while enjoying a quiet evening with your family. But when the small propane tanks that power those applications need filled, there are a few safety tips to think about when you drive to your local fill station.
Transport your tank upright – Always secure your propane tank upright and in a secure position. You can wedge it between your back or front seats, use a milk carton, or purchase a special stabilizer to use. If you have a larger tank, like a 100-pound cylinder, you can transport it upright in the back of a pick-up truck, trailer, or box van. For safety purposes, tanks cannot leave one of our location laying on its side.
Valve and Ventilation – When transporting your tank, ensure your value is in the closed position. Also ensure your tank has some fresh air. Crack a window, transport in an open bed truck, or if in your car trunk, try and put your rear seat down to let some fresh air in.
Make Your Fill Your Last Stop – If you are combining your fill with some other errands, make sure your fill is your last stop. Head home after and make sure your tank isn’t stored inside your vehicle for a long period of time. This is especially important when it is really hot outside. When you get home, store your tank outside, and not inside your home, garage, or shed.
Following these safety tips can help make sure your trip from your home to your fill station goes smooth and uneventful. If you have any questions about transporting your portable propane cylinders, call our office at 937-372-9194.