Safe Handling of Propane Cylinders
Propane tanks & cylinder safety requirements
Propane needs to be handled with care, following industry best practices for propane cylinders. That’s why Lansing Ice & Fuel’s employees are professionals, dedicated to providing safe propane delivery and service to our neighbors throughout mid-Michigan. We take the time to always educate our customers about propane safety, so read on to learn more.
Cylinder safety tips
According to the Propane Education & Research Council, the majority of modern propane tanks – including portable cylinders – are built according to safety specifications set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
- Never overfill: Cylinders with capacity of up to 40 pounds must have an overfilling-prevention device (OPD).
- Verify the safety label: Safe cylinders are easily identified, with a label shaped like a modified triangle and the “OPD” designation.
- Know the exceptions: Not all cylinder valves require an OPD. Following are two exceptions:
- cylinders used in industrial truck service
- cylinders used for industrial welding and cutting gases
- Mind the valves: Never used as cylinder valve as a handle when carrying a cylinder. Ensure the valve is tightly closed and the locking pin is in place. Prevent liquid propane from contacting the relief valve and close the valve before disconnecting.
- Maintain safe storage: Store propane cylinders upright and securely where they will not be bumped or damaged.
- Know your cylinder: Markings on the tank’s collar serve as the cylinder’s identification, including cylinder valve info, design codes, cylinder tear weight, water capacity, manufacturer name, and the test or requalification date.
- Know your requalification guidelines: Cylinders will indicate their most recent date of requalification. Requalification must typically be completed within between 5 – 12 years.
- Stay current on inspections & assessment: We offer an assessment to ensure that customers are always in compliance with the safety guidelines set forth by the:
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Know your propane cylinder DON’Ts
At Lansing Ice & Fuel, your safety and the safety of your employees and customers is our priority. When it comes to consumer safety, Lansing Ice & Fuel wants you to know how to protect yourself if you smell gas in your home, business, camper, RV, fleet vehicle or the area around any gas equipment. DO NOT use a flame to examine potential leaks. If you smell gas, test for leaks with a soapy water solution or a leak detector. In addition,
- DO NOT use metal tools near cylinders.
- DO NOT overheat a cylinder.
- DO NOT use excessive force on cylinder valves.
- DO NOT drag, drop, roll, push or slide a cylinder.
- DO NOT mount more than two cylinders on any forklift truck.
Lansing Ice & Fuel’s puts propane cylinders to work, with your safety in mind!
Make no mistake, when used appropriately, propane is safe, economical and environmentally friendly. The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) provides resources to help you learn more about propane safety.
Please review these tips to learn more about safety and propane appliances. Lansing Ice & Fuel’s professional staff is ready to help you join our family of customers! Find out more about our services, payment options and incentives, like our first-bill discount.