If you think that the worst that can happen during grilling season is a burnt steak, you might be surprised at how dangerous BBQ propane tanks can be if not handled properly. It is important to understand exactly what is in that propane cylinder and how to keep you and your family safe. Here are a few safety tips:
- Don’t rupture the tank. For propane to be stored as a liquid in the tank, it is put under pressure to get below -44°F/-42.22°C. Coming in contact with propane can easily freeze not only the skin itself but the tissue below. Thankfully, what actually is released from BBQ propane tanks is in gas form, but you should take care not to rupture the tank or use one that is damaged to avoid coming into contact with the liquid propane.
- Proper storage when not in use. Consider that propane is heavier than air, so it will settle along the floor. If you were to store it in an enclosed space, make sure there isn’t an ignition source that could create a spark that would result in a fire or explosion. Of course, you should never store propane tanks indoors. It is safest to store them outdoors, even over the winter. Another tip is that BBQ propane tanks should always be stored in an upright position. This permits the pressure release value to operate appropriately.
- Refilling BBQ propane tanks. You won’t be able to get a propane refilled if it doesn’t have the protective collar, foot ring or proper certification. If you have older BBQ propane tanks that are in rough condition, your best bet is to purchase new ones. Keep in mind that you don’t get a full tank when you get either an exchanged cylinder or have yours refilled. This is a safety issue and since propane is priced by how much you get, you aren’t missing out on anything.
If you need to refill BBQ propane tanks or purchase new ones, come see us at Collingwood Fuels. We have served the Collingwood, Ontario area for nearly 40 years with the fuels you need for everything from summer grilling to heating your home or business. Call today with any questions you may have or to learn our current prices.