How to Propery Store Propane Tanks
Storing your propane tank when it is not in use does not require a special enclosure or tools, and can be safely stored outdoors in both warm and cool climates. Propane tank storage may seem straightforward, but you'll want to make sure you keep our how-to tips in mind.
- Propane tanks can be stored outdoors (covered or uncovered) in the winter and summer months.
- Ensure that your tank is placed on a sturdy surface, in a well-ventilated area, away from your home and living space when not in use.
- In the warmer temperatures, you can keep your propane tank attached to your grill as long as the gas valve is turned off when it is not in use.
- Detached garages and sheds work best for propane tank storage. These structures provide coverage and ventilation for your propane tank.
- Never store your propane tank inside your home or in any structure directly attached to your home.
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Where to Safely Store Propane Tanks
Propane tanks can be safely stored in a variety of ways, including outdoors and in an enclosed space. Take a look below at some of the best and safest ways to store your AmeriGas porpane tank when it is not in use.
Storing Propane Tanks Outdoors
Freezing temperatures do not pose a problem for propane; in fact, you don’t need to cover the tank outdoors. It is best to keep your tank stored away from your home. You can place the tank on a piece of wood, concrete, or other sturdy surface and store it uncovered or covered, outdoors.
In warm temperatures your propane tank can still be stored outdoors on a flat, durable surface. It is best to keep your tank in a shaded area and out of direct sunlight. This is crucial in ensuring that the tank does not reach or exceed a temperature of 120 °F (49 °C).
Storing Propane Tanks Indoors
When considering storing your propane tank in an enclosed space, detached sheds and garages are best. These structures provide coverage from direct sunlight for the tank, while also supplying it with a well-ventilated area in both warm and cool weather. Remember, propane is heavier than air and it will settle, so give it a chance to dissipate when you open the door. Keep your tank in an are of your shed or detached garage that is on the ground and clear of electrical tools, flammable or combustible materials. Never store your tank in your living area or anywhere that is attached to your home.
Propane Tank Storage Safety Tips
Safe storage of your propane tanks is important in keeping you, your family and your home safe in any season. Take a look at the list below for some AmeriGas saefty tips on proper storage of propane tanks.
- Avoid keeping your propane tank in temperatures above 120 °F (49 °C)
- Keep your tank above −40 °F (−40 °C) in the colder months
- Avoid storing your tank in direct sunlight
- Never store your tank on its side or upside down
- Always ensure that the gas valve is in the off position when storing your tank
- Never store your propane tank inside your home or vehicle.
- Always follow these safety precautions even if your tank is not full
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