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How to Safely Transport and Store Propane Cylinders
July 20, 2021
Written By Adam Buckallew
Many people rely on propane to power their grills, patio heaters, power generators and other outdoor appliances. While most people are familiar with 20-pound propane cylinders, you should keep the following safety tips in mind. They will help you learn how to safely transport and store propane cylinders.
When transporting a small propane cylinder:
- Always store the tank securely in an upright position so it can’t fall, shift or roll.
- Never leave a propane cylinder in a hot vehicle.
- Head straight to your destination and unload the tank from your vehicle when you arrive.
When it’s time to store the propane cylinder:
- Keep it outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- Avoid garages and sheds where gas could collect if a valve is accidently left open.
- Choose a dry, flat location out of direct sunlight.
- Keep flammable materials and potential sources of ignition away from the tank.
When the tank is not in use, disconnect it and ensure the valve is fully closed.
This video from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) briefly recaps these tips.
Whether you are running a portable heater, grilling or powering outdoor equipment, it’s important to remember these simple guidelines to ensure you know how to safely transport and store propane cylinders.
If you ever have a question about propane service or safety, contact your local MFA Oil office.