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Can Propane Tanks Explode?

Written on: June 24, 2024

Learn the Facts About Propane Safety

propane tank Loxahatchee, FL A house or business exploding because of a gas leak will make the news—sometimes national news. The reason it makes the news is that it’s a pretty rare occurrence. While propane is a highly flammable gas under certain conditions, propane tanks are a safe way to store propane, and propane is a safe and clean-burning way to heat your home and water, and run many of your appliances. As with any fuel, there are certain steps to take to ensure you, your family, and your property are safe.

Knowing what to do if you smell gas can help ensure the situation is resolved safely and quickly.

Know the Smell of Gas

Propane has a distinct rotten-egg smell to help you quickly notice leaking gas. Make sure everyone in your home can recognize the odor. If you smell gas:

Propane Tank Safety

Propane storage tanks of all sizes are designed and certified to be safe. There are regulations as well as mechanisms to ensure that a propane tank is not overfilled. There are safety valves that will open to release propane gas if pressure increases above specified levels.

If you ever hear hissing coming from your propane tank on a hot day, it’s likely your pressure valve released. It will close again when enough pressure is released. When it’s hot, propane expands—it’s why propane tanks are only filled to 80% and it’s why propane storage tanks are painted white, silver, or other light colors.

Propane storage tanks should be sited away from windows: the specific distances vary based on the size of the tank. Portable tanks should not be kept in enclosed spaces, and you shouldn’t store cleaning fluids and flammable substances near your propane tanks.

Be on the lookout for dings, dents and excessive rust on your propane storage tanks. Our techs also keep an eye on this when they fill your tanks.

Propane Safety Dos and Don’ts

Safety First, Always

Safety is our top priority at Beeline. We invest in regular training to keep our technicians up to date on the latest technologies and safety protocols for propane delivery and installation work.

If you have any questions about this information or any other propane safety issues, contact us today.