Ensuring the Safety of Your Propane Tank

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propane tank safety, independence day 2014, propane tanksWith 2014’s Independence Day just 014 days: 13 hours: 58 minutes: and 12 seconds away (counting from when I typed this post up) how many of you by a show of hands plan on having a barbecue and watching the fireworks?

If you have a propane tank – even if it’s only one of those 20 pounders – you might want to look into having it serviced for safety and to ensure that a barbecue grill injury doesn’t send you to the emergency room.

Every year, according to U.S. Fire Departments, there is an estimated 600 fires or explosions caused by overfilled and unsafe propane tanks.  Tanks that probably should have been put out to pasture long ago!

Propane Tank Information You Need to Know

So, how do you know if your propane tank needs to be replaced?  First, let’s determine its age by looking at its knob.  Older models have a five-prong, circular knob, whereas newer models have a triangular shaped knob.

Secondly, is it equipped with an overfilling prevention device (OPD)?  An OPD is a special valve, which is required on all propane tanks manufactured after April 2, 2002, that is designed to close the valve when the tank is 80% full.

Having your propane tank serviced by a professional propane dealer is probably one of the safest and cost-effective measures you can take to ensure that your Independence Day barbecue goes off without a hitch of trouble.

If your propane tank needs to replaced, your cheapest alternative is to exchange it at the dealership for a new one.  A new tank that meets the strictest safety regulations start at $50.00 and go up from there depending on the size you need.

Barbecue Safety Tips

  • Inspect your grill’s hose for any signs of cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks.  You should additionally ensure that there are no sharp bends.
  • Keep gas hoses as far away as possible from any hot surfaces, tools and grease.
  • Always use and store propane tanks in the upright position.
  • Never keep your spare propane tank under or near the grill.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • Never store the propane tank in your house.
  • If you smell a strong odor of gas, vacate the area immediately.

Off Grid Living with Propane

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Off Grid Living Sustainable Gaining traction across the country, as evidenced by such reality shows as “Life Below Zero” (National Geographic Channel) and “Buying Alaska” (Discovery Channel), is the chance to live contently in an off grid environment.

With their plans for sustainable  living, those that choose to live off grid – in a remote part of the United States (think Alaska) – have the opportunity of maintaining a standard of living by choosing to power their home with propane.

Propane: The Smart Choice

Propane, which is a by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining, is fast becoming the smart choice for off grid living.  That’s because propane is one of the cleanest burning fuels that delivers reliable performance.

Propane gas, stored in stand-alone tanks (whether sitting or buried), when at normal temperatures and pressures evaporates quickly thus making it ideal for those that don’t wish to trade quality of location for quality of living.

Propane Fits Your Lifestyle

Whether you choose to live partially or completely off grid, with propane, you can still have all of the amenities of a modern-day home while still maintaining a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Generally speaking, a 500-gallon propane tank can easily accommodate an average four-bedroom home for quite a long time, whereas a propane tank twice that size can accommodate a very large home or business.

There’s more to propane than meets the eye!  To fit your lifestyle there is a wide range of top-of-the-line appliances that have been designed to only operate from the energy that propane affords them.

Propane powered appliances include refrigerators, freezers, clothes dryers, ovens, stove tops, furnaces, barbecue grills, central heating systems, and best of all generators – without interruption.

Start Living Off Grid

If you’re ready to start living off grid, or being more self-sufficient without relying on costly electrical grids for your essential day-to-day living needs, you may want to consider giving propane a try.

For your safety, propane is designed to NOT go out in the event of a storm, and it’s also EMP (electromagnetic pulse) proof.  For more information, or to order your propane supply, please feel free to give Arizona Propane a call at 480-990-2245.arizona_propane

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