Propane cylinders are a great way to store and transport fuel for outdoor activities such as camping, barbecuing, and more. Although propane is considered one of the safest forms of fuel, accounting for less than 1% of residential fires, safety should be a consideration any time you’re working with combustible material. That’s why it is important to understand the safety considerations when storing and using propane cylinders. In this blog post, we will explore the safety of propane cylinders in the sun, how to properly store them, and what to do if a tank becomes too hot.
The Safety of Propane Cylinders in the Sun
Propane cylinders are generally safe when stored in direct sunlight. The metal construction of the cylinder is designed to withstand high temperatures without becoming damaged or leaking gas. However, it is important to note that propane cylinders should never be left in direct sunlight for extended periods (such as weeks or months) without regular inspection, as this can cause them to overheat and become unsafe. Propane cylinder safety is of the utmost importance.
How To Properly Store Propane Cylinders
When storing propane cylinders, there are several steps you can take to ensure their safety:
• Keep your propane cylinder out of direct sunlight by storing it in a cool, shaded area whenever possible.
• Make sure your cylinder is stored upright so that any liquid propane inside can settle at the bottom of the cylinder instead of collecting at the top, where it could potentially leak out.
• Check your cylinder regularly for signs of wear or damage that could lead to leaks or other issues.
• If you must store your propane cylinder in direct sunlight for an extended time (more than a few hours), check its temperature periodically with an infrared thermometer or other temperature-reading device.
What To Do If A Cylinder Becomes Too Hot
If you find that your propane cylinder has become too hot from being left out in direct sunlight for too long, there are several steps you can take to cool it down:
• Move your cylinder into a shaded area and let it cool down naturally before using it again.
Propane cylinders are generally safe even when stored in direct sunlight as long as they are not left out for extended periods of time. If you keep propane outside for long, it’s important to check on your cylinders regularly for signs of wear and damage. Following these safety precautions ensures that your propane cylinders remain safe even when exposed to direct sunlight! If you have questions about propane cylinders or need to speak to a professional, contact us today! Conklin Oil and Propane professionals have been working in this community for years, and we care about your safety!