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4 General Propane Tank Safety Tips


Propane gas is commonly used in homes for cooking, heating and drying. Propane gas, although highly flammable, is safe to use as long as all the necessary safety devices are attached, such as a propane gas regulator. Propane gas tanks must be stored, transported and used properly.


Tip 1: Safety Information Regarding Propane Tanks

Turn off the propane tank whenever it is not in use. Any flammable items must be kept away from your propane tank and to appliances hooked to the propane tank as well. Acquire a gas detector that you can use to detect carbon monoxide and propane leakages. Inspect your propane tank once a month for safety and maintenance.


If you detect a foul odor coming from the propane tank area turn off the propane tank valve immediately and avoid lighting a match and even turning off a light switch. Open all your doors and windows. If the foul odor starts to worsen, cover your propane tank with a wet cloth and contact your local fire department immediately. Stay outside your house while waiting for help.


Tip 2: Proper Use of Propane Tanks

Every time you use a new propane tank, check for leaks immediately. You can do this by using a simple solution of soap or detergent mixed in water. Dip a washcloth on the soap or detergent solution and wipe the rubber tubing with the washcloth. If you see bubbles forming on the rubber tubing, then your rubber tubing is leaking. Never attempt to patch a leaking rubber tubing. Instead, purchase a replacement. Always place your propane tank in an area where there is good ventilation. Always turn off your propane tank after you are done using it.


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Tip 3: Safe Ways to Store Propane Tanks

Always store your propane tank outdoors. Never store your propane tanks in enclosed spaces, such as your garage or your basement. Always store the propane tank in an upright position and away from any source of heat and direct sunlight. If you are using a propane tank that has been stored for a long time, always check for signs of wear and tear on the rubber tubing that connects the propane tank to your household appliances. Replace the old rubber tubing with new rubber tubing which you can purchase at your local hardware store if there are signs of wear.


Tip 4: Proper Way to Transport a Propane Tank

You should transport a propane tank in standing position. Secure the propane tank with a rope. Do not use a metal chain to secure the propane tank. Metal hitting metal can produce a spark which could be disastrous if your propane tank is leaking. Keep your windows open when you have the tank in your car as a safety measure. Also, the valve of the tank must be locked and covered with a dust cap. Tanks that need refills should be taken to the filling stations.



What Is a Propane Heater?


Cold days are around the corner, and it is best to be prepared for them on time. You probably have a heating system which keeps your entire house warm and cozy during freezing temperatures. However, you should always have an alternative - a supplemental heating device that can be used when you need to heat just a part of your house, or you want to heat your garage, working space or even patio.


Propane heaters are an excellent choice in such situations - they are usually highly portable, work without electricity and can be used outdoors. Every household can benefit from using propane heaters, and for this reason, we recommend that you read our guide and our top five propane heaters reviews and then get one for your home as well.

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As the name suggests, propane heaters heat the space up the using propane fuel. The fuel is first poured into the tank of the heater and then ignited. Ignition can be automatic or manual. Their heat output is measured in BTUs- the higher this value is, the more space you can heat.

With the exception of air forced propane heaters that we will discuss later on in the text, the propane heaters do not require electric power to work. This makes them especially suitable for emergency situations such as power outages during storms or hurricanes.


As they are also most often appropriate for outdoor use as well, many people use them as patio heaters, on camping trips or in areas detached from home such as warehouses, garages, workshops.


These heaters differ regarding shape and size, and even their intended use. Several types can be distinguished, and you should recognize the one that will best suit your needs.


The Types of Propane Heaters


There are several criteria by which we differentiate propane heaters, and we have comprised short overview that will help you get acquainted with every type of propane heater on the market.

First of all, you have to consider the location you are hoping to heat and choose the heater that will do the best job. For this reason, there are heaters that are more suitable to use inside and those that perform better outdoors.


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Indoor


As they are intended to be used at home, they are also designed to burn the propane almost entirely producing less harmful byproducts. They typically include numerous safety features such as an oxygen sensor which will shut off the unit as soon as the oxygen level drops below a safe limit. They must also provide better protection from the flame As to minimize the risk from accidental contact with flammable objects. It is also recommended to install a carbon monoxide detector nearby in case of failure.


Outdoor


Since they are always used in a well-ventilated area, they do not include all the safety features the indoor heaters do. They are typically designed to heat outdoor patio areas but can heat any small outdoor area you need to spend time in. These heaters are usually larger than indoor ones and can way up to 40 pounds.They are affected by many outside factors such as the wind and temperature drops, and that is why most of them heat objects and people instead of heating the air.Most often they feature an upright design and radiant technology.



12 PROPANE GRILLING SAFETY TIPS


The trees are starting to bud and people are leaving their jackets at home. This can only mean one thing: It’s grilling season!


Antsy to fire up your FAVORITE CHARBROILED RECIPE? While grilling season is all about having fun with loved ones outdoors, it’s important to take proper safety measures before your first cookout. Outdoor grills have become very popular, and propane grills, in particular, come with their own set of precautions. To start your season off right, brush up on some important propane grilling guidelines below.


Purchasing your cylinders


  • Check all propane cylinders for dents or scratches before purchasing. Indentations can indicate potential leaks.

  • While transporting cylinders in your car, be sure to keep them upright and secured in place. Cylinders rolling around in your trunk or backseat can result in propane leaking into your vehicle.

  • Note that most states have restrictions on how many cylinders can be transported by motor vehicle at once. It’s always a good idea to review local laws and restrictions with your local fire department.


Using your propane grill


  • Before you begin, take a few minutes to re-familiarize yourself with your grill’s manual. Double check the proper procedure for connecting a cylinder and for igniting your particular model.

  • Use your grill in an open area with good clearance above it. Remove any combustible materials that may be nearby.

  • Propane has an odor added to it that is similar to that of natural gas, so use your “sniffer” to detect signs of leaking.

  • Keep the lid of the grill open while lighting to avoid flash burns.

  • While operating the grill, maintain site lines and watch for any flare ups.

  • As a bonus safety precaution, have a water bottle nearby just in case any food or grease should catch fire.


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Clean up and storage for next season


  • While packing up your grill, clean off any food residue or remaining grease to avoid any future flare ups or fires.

  • For long-term storage, keep cylinders upright, secure and out of reach for children.

  • Most states have fire codes for how many cylinders can be stored in one place. Your local fire department will have specific guidelines for your area.


Winter Propane Heating Tips


Although it is not news, winter is here and this one has been particularly cold! With temperatures floating around 0 degrees, it is likely that you and your family haven’t missed the brisk weather we’ve been having these past few months. Needless to say, this can put some additional strain on your heating bill as well as your propane system itself!


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Although you can rely on Great Valley Propane to be there to keep your tank full of propane, without the delivery fee, it is smart to try to conserve energy by making sure your house is staying as efficient as possible. This will not only help keep your heating bill down, but it will help you and your family to be more comfortable, and keep your system from going through any unnecessary stress.

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1. Make sure your home is well insulated!


Although it would be hard to check all of the existing insulation in your home as it stands, there are a few places you can check to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep the heat in and the cold weather out. The best place to check is your attic. Since heat rises, a poorly insulated attic means that all of that  heat will go right through your ceilings and out of the roof! A good way to tell if your house is poorly insulated in the attic is if the snow on your roof melts significantly faster than other houses in your neighborhood. Although this isn’t a sure fire way to tell if your attic is poorly insulated, it sure is a good indicator. The best way is to simple check the attic itself. You should have a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic. Usually, if you can see your ceiling joists, this is a good sign there isn’t enough.


2. Seal those windows!


This is especially important if you own a house with older windows. Typically, they tend to be very leaky and drafty and will let the heat go right through them! If you can feel cold weather coming through any part of your windows, you can apply a window insulator kit. This usually consists of a plastic sheet that is placed over the window with adhesive double sided tape. Of course, if this is the case, and new windows are something you can afford in the near future, it is recommended that you have them replaced!


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3. Have your heating system checked!


There is nothing worse than being caught in the dead of winter without heat! If you haven’t already, make sure your propane systems has been thoroughly inspected by a professional. This should be done every year, but if you haven’t been keeping on top of this, now is the time to call someone in to have a look at it. You can contact Great Valley Propane and have us inspect and service your equipment at any time to make sure it is running at its peak efficiency and take care of any potential issues that come up. This will ensure that you aren’t caught in the cold.


Attention New Homeowners: Do You Own That Tank?


Homeowners, you just bought a house. Now what? Here is what you’ll need to know to schedule your first propane delivery.


You are officially a new homeowner and made the big move into your new home. Congratulations! We know how stressful moving can be, so we get it if you haven’t done much to look into scheduling a first propane delivery right away. Most homeowners call us for a propane delivery as soon as they realize that they are about to run out of fuel. Luckily, we have a two to three business day delivery turn around time, so we’ve got you covered. But before you even call, be ready for the very first question that you will be asked.

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Do you own the tank?


We need the answer to this question for every new customer that we sign up. It is especially important for new homeowners, because some have never had propane before, and may not know the difference between owning and leasing the tank.



“I just bought the house, so yes, I own the tank…” is the response we often get. We know that you purchased the house, so it makes sense to think that you must own the propane tank on that property, too. However, with propane, that’s not how it works.

If the tank on your new home’s property was being leased by the previous homeowners, that is a leased tank. If a customer leases a tank from a company, no other company can fill that tank. The only company that can fill a leased tank is that company that owns it (and is leasing it out). Which is why it is so important to ask.


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This leased versus customer-owned practice is standard in the industry.

No propane company will fill a tank owned by another propane company. If you come across one that will, steer clear of them. If that’s how they run their business, chances are you probably don’t want to be working with them anyway.

Let’s get back to the matter at hand though. You are calling for a propane delivery (that you might need sooner rather than later…) and you are faced with this question that you truly have no idea how to answer. (Do I own the tank?) It’s okay. Even if you aren’t sure whether you definitely own the tank on your property, you can find out.


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Here’s what we recommend to people in this situation:


  1. Go back to your paperwork from settlement. Chances are that if the tank was owned by the previous homeowner, the ownership will be transferred to the new homeowner and outlined in this paperwork.

  2. Check for stickers or logos on the actual tank itself. Most leased tanks will be branded with a sticker or logo on the actual tank or the lid of the tank. If you see something, call that company and simply ask them if they own the tank. That company might have serviced the tank in the past. Or, maybe that company had owned it at one time but it was later bought out by the customer. You will want to get the confirmation from the company before you do anything else.


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