How to Safely Transport a Propane Tank in Your Car How to Safely Transport a Propane Tank in Your Car

If you have a gas barbecue grill, you will need to safely transport the propane tank in your car. It is not difficult to do, but you will need to take a few basic safety precautions. Propane handled incorrectly can cause a serious explosion, even in small amounts.

Step One: Keep It Vertical

Propane tanks are designed with a safety release valve. Its usually a black knob, or handle, that is located at the top of the tank. The design of the tank allows the pressure to be released through the knob. The knob will only work properly if the tank is kept in an upright position. When you travel, set the tank in a large cardboard box or wooden crate that will keep the tank upright. You do not want the tank to roll around in your trunk.

Step Two: Keep it Cool

When transporting the propane tank in your car, do not leave it in your car for prolonged periods of time. Propane can be sensitive to heat. Do not park your car in the sun. If you have shopping to do, the tank should be the last thing on your list.

Step Three: Fit

When you close the trunk of your car, lower it slowly to make sure that it does not bang against the valve on the top of the tank. Also, be sure there are no sharp objects that could slide against the tank and puncture it.

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