Propane Safety: 20 lb. Cylinder Safety
Propane plays an important role in many recreational activities and understanding proper propane gas cylinder safety procedures will keep you, your family and your friends safe during all your adventures and activities.
Important propane safety tips:
- Always handle propane tanks carefully and use all appliances with care
- Always contact Van Dyke Gas to connect, test or repair any tanks or appliances
- Always secure portable propane tanks properly when transporting
- Always secure temporary tanks when used for building heat, hot water or cooking
- Never use propane stoves or ovens for space heating
- Never use portable electric generators indoors – keep outside of building
- Never leave portable propane tanks in cars or closed vehicles
- Never use or store portable propane tanks in basements or living spaces
When transporting DOT cylinders:
- Always transport and store cylinders in a secure and upright position to avoid falling, shifting or rolling.
- Always close the cylinder valve and, if required, seal with plug, even if the cylinder is empty. If you’re unsure, ask Van Dyke Gas if a plug is needed.
- Never keep a filled cylinder inside a hot vehicle or transport inside a closed truck.
- Always place the cylinder in a well-ventilated area of the vehicle.
- Always proceed directly to your destination and immediately remove the cylinder from your vehicle.
- There is a legal limit on the number of cylinders that can be transported in close-bodied vehicles such as passenger cars and vans. The cylinder cannot be larger than 45 lbs. and a total cannot be more than 90 lbs.
- Trucks/trailers hauling propane cylinders must placard the vehicle if the combined weight is over 1,000 lbs.