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.

Gearing Up for a Backyard Barbeque

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Hot Dogs on the GrillAs grilling masters ourselves, we at Arizona Propane want to ensure your backyard barbeque goes off without a hitch, regardless of whether you’re just starting out or you’re already a grilling master yourself by providing you with tips on what we have learned through much trial and error (which is the only way to learn).

Tip #1 – Prepare Your Grill

The first tip for making any backyard barbeque successful is to ensure your grill is ready to go.  This includes making sure its placement is in an area free from flammable objects, such as a tree, and to ensure your propane bottle has enough fuel left.

There is nothing worse than running out of propane, in the midst of grilling, which is why you can count on Arizona Propane to provide you with affordably priced, effective fuel and accessories.

You’ll also want to ensure that its surface it clean and ready to go!  You can do this by turning on the heat and using a wire brush to clean on and between your grills slates.  We further recommend applying a bit of oil to the surface before grilling with a soft brush.

Tip #2 – Prepare Your Food before Turning On the Grill

If you marinating your food, it’s often best to do so an hour, or 24 hours before you begin to cook.  If you’re making kabobs they can, and often do, take some time to prepare.  That’s why following this tip will help to ensure you don’t run out of propane before you even get your foot out the door.

Tip #3 – Always Use the Correct Temperature

How many of you have set your grill at its max temperature, just to watch it burn?  We’ll admit that we must certainly have.  So, just because your grill has a max temperature, doesn’t mean it’s always the best temperature for your backyard barbeque.

Thin cuts of meat, including hamburger patties, should be quickly cooked at a high temperature in order to seal in the juices.  Poultry, seafood and vegetables should be cooked at a medium temperature.  Any thick cuts of meat, including steaks and whole chickens, should be cooked at a low temperature.

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