Ensuring Safety with Propane Usage

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Propane, when used correctly, is considered one of the safest fuels available. By following these propane safety tips, you can minimize risks and maintain the well-being of your home and family.

If you detect the smell of gas or notice signs of a gas leak, evacuate the premises immediately and contact 1-888-517-3680 or 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. Gas leaks can potentially pose a serious threat.


Propane is a safe, environmentally friendly, and economical source of energy.  Propane can be used throughout your home to heat rooms and water, cook indoors and out, dry clothes and heat pools and spas.  Like other household and industrial products, propane can be dangerous if handled incorrectly. 

This propane safety information covers some basic practices to ensure your family’s safe enjoyment of propane equipment.  Dixie Land Energy have professionally trained employees you may call if you have questions about the safe handling and use of propane. 

Recognize Warning Signs

Sniff Test:
If you perceive a smell resembling rotten eggs or skunk spray, it indicates a propane leak.

Yellow or Irregular Flames:
Propane should consistently produce a blue flame in your appliances. The presence of yellow or irregular flames suggests that the propane is not burning correctly, potentially leading to the release of carbon monoxide.
Soot Accumulation:
As propane burns cleanly, there should be no soot present in or around your appliances. The presence of soot indicates improper propane combustion, which can result in the release of carbon monoxide.
By staying vigilant and being aware of these warning signs, you can promptly address any propane-related issues and maintain a safe environment for you and your family.

What to do if you Smell or detect a Gas Leak

If you detect the scent of a gas leak, it is crucial to treat it as a serious matter, regardless of your uncertainty. Promptly responding to ensure the safety of your household and loved ones is imperative.

  • Report the Gas Leak – Notify your Utility Company Immediately, maintaining a safe distance from the affected structure, promptly contact Dixie Land Energy at 1-888-517-3680 or your utility company to report the gas leak. In the event of being unable to reach them, dial 911 or contact your local fire department.
  • Prevent Flames or Sparks – Take immediate action to extinguish any smoking materials or open flames and shut down any equipment that can cause combustion. Never turn on a light switch or engage any power source appliances, telephones, or cell phones “Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks”. The ignition of flames or sparks from these sources could potentially lead to an explosion or fire.
  • Shut Off the Gas – If it is deemed safe, proceed to turn off the main gas supply valve located on your propane tank. To close the valve, rotate it in a rightward direction (clockwise).
  • Evacuate the Premises – Ensure the evacuation of all individuals from the building or vicinity where a gas leak is suspected. Refrain from reentering the area until Dixie Land Energy has officially verified its safety.
  • System Inspection – Arrange for System Inspection Prior to utilizing any of your propane appliances, it is essential to have Dixie Land Energy conduct a comprehensive inspection of your entire system. This inspection aims to confirm the absence of leaks and ensure the safe functioning of your appliances.

Propane Exposure effects and First Aid Tips:

What are the effects of propane exposure on the skin?

Propane is a liquefied gas you should always avoid contact with the skin. Direct contact with liquid propane can cause freezing cold injury (FCI) or Cryogenic burns are tissue damage resulting from exposure to a cold, highly pressurized cryogenic liquid, such as liquid nitrogen or Freon. This type of cutaneous injury resembles a partial-thickness thermal injury, but the underlying tissue damage is greater than initially apparent. The skin can be chilled or frozen (frostbite) upon direct contact with the liquefied gas. Mild frostbite symptoms include numbness, prickling, and itching, while more severe frostbite may cause a burning sensation and stiffness.

  • First Aid for Skin Exposure: Frozen tissues should be immersed in or soaked in warm water. It is important to avoid using hot water. Cryogenic burns resulting in blistering or deeper tissue freezing should be promptly examined by a physician.

What are the effects of propane exposure through inhalation or spray?

Propane vapor is not toxic, but it can cause asphyxiation by displacing oxygen in the lungs, leading to difficulty or inability to breathe in high concentrations. Exposure to propane can cause rapid breathing, headache, dizziness, visual disturbances, muscular weakness, tremors, narcosis, unconsciousness, and even death, depending on the concentration and duration of exposure. If significant propane inhalation is suspected, it is crucial to move to an area with fresh air immediately.

  • First Aid for Inhalation Exposure: Move affected individuals to an area with fresh air without delay. If respiratory distress occurs, provide air, oxygen, or administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) if necessary. Seek medical attention if breathing difficulties persist and contact the local emergency number, such as 911.

What are the effects of propane exposure on the eyes?

Severe cases of eye exposure to propane can lead to blistering, tissue death, and infection. Direct contact with the liquefied gas can cause freezing of the eye, potentially resulting in permanent eye damage or blindness.

  • First Aid for Eye Exposure: Vapors are not expected to cause eye irritation. However, if the eye is comes into contact with liquid or solid propane, immediately and gently flush the eye(s) with warm water for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical attention if pain or redness persists and contact the local emergency number, such as 911.

What are the effects of propane ingestion?

Ingesting solid or liquid forms of propane, as well as the pressurized gas, can cause freeze burns or freezing cold injury (FCI) is tissue damage as a result to cold exposure, occurring at temperatures below 0 degrees C.

  • First Aid for Ingestion: If the patient is conscious, induce vomiting with warm water (one quart) and seek immediate medical attention.

Miscellaneous Toxicological Information: Inhalation of propane can result in mild intoxication, causing drowsiness or loss of coordination. High concentrations can lead to intoxication followed by loss of consciousness, asphyxiation, and death.

Here are some general guidelines to ensure the safe usage of propane and when unsure, always reach out to us for assistance:

General propane characteristics

  • Propane is transported and stored as a liquid.
  • Propane (sometimes called LPG or LP-gas) is a colorless and odorless gas.
  • Since propane is odorless, it is intentionally odorized so leaks can be detected.  The odor is similar to rotten eggs.  Call the Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Division at (800) 64-CLEAR for a free “scratch-and-sniff” pamphlet that can help familiarize you, your family, and your co-workers with the smell of propane.
  • Propane vapors are heavier than air and may accumulate in low-lying areas such as basements and ditches or along floors.
  • Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many different sources.

General safety reminders

  • Always keep flammable and combustible materials (e.g., paper, clothing, wood, gasoline, solvents) away from any open flames that originate from your appliances.
  • Know how to shut off the gas supply from your tank or cylinder.  If you do not know how, contact your propane supplier for instructions. 
  • Never place your head near or directly over the valves on your storage tank.  A sudden release of product from the safety relief valve could result in serious injury.
  • The propane liquid that is stored in your tank or cylinder can cause severe frostbite if it comes in contact with your skin or eyes.
  • Never store or position propane cylinders in indoor spaces like basements, garages, sheds, or tents. Storing propane tanks indoors is both illegal and highly unsafe.
  • Treat all propane gas odors seriously.  Any odors may indicate a very dangerous situation.
  • Never assume that propane odor is only the result of your tank being nearly empty.  If the odor persists, you may have a serious leak.
  • Refrain from attempting to modify or repair valves, regulators, or other parts of propane appliances.
  • Avoid using outdoor propane appliances, such as portable heaters, grills, and generators, indoors or in enclosed areas. This precaution is crucial to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, extreme hazards, or even fatalities. Only use appliances specifically designed and approved for indoor use.
  • Avoid turning on light switches, using power sources, or inspecting household appliances while standing in water to prevent the risk of electrocution.
  • Only inspect propane appliances for water or damage if it is safe to do so. Appliances with electrical components exposed to water can pose a fire hazard.
  • You should always contact your local propane supplier if you suspect a leak.

The dangers of uncapped lines

  • Leaks that occur from open lines are extremely dangerous due to the potential for a large volume of gas to be released over a short period of time.
  • All lines not attached to appliances must be closed and terminated with threaded caps or plugs. If you have any questions, please call your propane supplier.

Regulator safety

  • The regulator is an important part of your propane system.  If it is more than 15 years old, ask your propane supplier if it should be replaced. 

What to do if your safety relief valve pops off

  • Propane expands when heated. That increases the pressure in the tank.  Above a certain pressure, the relief valve opens to release a small amount of vapor.  That release keeps the pressure from building up too much inside the tank.  Once excess pressure has been released, the relief valve closes automatically. 
  • It’s important to keep your tank painted with a white, aluminum, or other reflective color.  A rusty, unpainted, or dark-colored tank may cause pressure build-up resulting in a safety relief valve discharge.
  • Call your propane marketer whenever your relief valve pops off, so they can determine the cause.

For safety’s sake – stay above 20%

  • The state requires all propane gas companies to perform a leak test before refilling an empty tank, to ensure the integrity of your propane piping system.  The company may have to charge for this service, so you’ll save time and money by putting your account on a Automatic Delivery program. Sit back and save, we offer a $0.05 per gallon discount for residential customers. Let Dixie Land Energy manage your fuel deliveries to minimize the risk of running out of fuel. We use an advanced algorithm considering prior usage and outside temperature or degree days to determine when you may need a delivery. With our automatic delivery service, there is no need to worry about how much propane is left in the tank. This helps eliminate the need for emergency deliveries. Lastly, going automated, no need to call into schedule, we will not let you run out of fuel, if we do, all associated fees are waved.

How to read your tank gauge

  • If you are not sure how to read your gauge, contact your propane supplier for help. Look at the gauge attached to the tank with numbers from 5 to 95. (Don’t be confused by the pressure scale with numbers from 0 to 300) Numbers indicate the percentage of gas in the tank.

Maintenance on your propane system

  • Never modify or repair your propane system.  Ask your propane supplier to send a trained technician to do the work. 
  • If an appliance or any other component of your propane system has been tagged “out-of-service,” do not attempt to enable it.  The tag indicates a serious unsafe condition.
  • If an appliance has been added to or removed from your system, contact your supplier so that a technician can perform a required leak test.
  • Ask your propane supplier to conduct a regular gas safety check to inspect your system for leaks and ensure it meets all applicable safety standards.  The technician will also check your tank, piping, regulators, gauges, connectors, valves, vents, thermostats, pilots, burners, and appliance controls to make sure they are in good working condition.
  • All appliances should be installed and repaired only by qualified technicians.  Improper ventilation can starve the combustion process in the appliance and create a situation that could produce toxic carbon monoxide gas.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that, in sufficient amounts, may be deadly to humans.  Usually, headaches and/or flu-like systems are initial signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.  If you suspect that any of your appliances have been improperly vented, you should discontinue using them and contact your propane supplier or local fire department immediately for an inspection.
  • An appliance gas control is a precision mechanism that may malfunction if it is exposed to water from flooding, storms, or any other damaging environments.  The flooded gas control must be replaced by a qualified gas appliance technician.  Damaged gas control valves must be replaced.
  • Notify your propane supplier immediately if you have a problem lighting a pilot.
  • Never attempt to modify or repair the gas control valves or any other component of a gas appliance.
  • Never light a pilot if you smell gas.
  • In most situations it is best to have a trained technician light the pilots on your appliances. Weather emergencies Take these steps to protect your family and property before and after a flood, hurricane, or severe storm.

Getting ready for a flood or hurricane:

  • Properly secure the propane tank, if possible.
  • Turn off the gas supply valve at the tank (“righty, tighty.”)
  • Fasten the protective dome on the tank.
  • Turn off appliance pilot lights, control valves and manual shut-off valves.
  • Ensure there is an adequate supply of fuel in the tank.

Propane Safety in Extreme Weather Conditions:

  • During extreme heat accompanied by drought conditions, ensure a clear 10-foot radius around your propane tank and grill, free from flammable materials. Remove any combustible debris, such as leaves, brush, vegetation, and rags.
  • Floods can displace, shift, or damage gas lines and tanks. A large propane tank may detach from its service line and float away, posing a danger to trees, vehicles, or other objects along its path. Water and debris can enter regulators and controls, creating safety concerns. Fallen trees and power lines also contribute to additional hazards. If you have any doubts about your safety, evacuate the area, alert Dixie Land Energy, or your utility company, and have a qualified building inspector or structural engineer inspect your property before re-entry.
  • High winds and hail, often associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter storms, can also impact gas lines and tanks. If your propane tank becomes dislodged from its service line, it may cause gas leakage in the surrounding area. A spark from a fallen power line or other ignition source can pose a risk to anyone nearby. Debris and water infiltration into regulators and controls can result in safety issues. If you have any safety concerns, evacuate immediately, notify Dixie Land Energy or your utility company, and have your property inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before re-entering.

After the flood or hurricane has passed, look for visible structural damage, including damaged external venting and vent caps. 

Call your propane dealer or a qualified technician if:

  • You smell propane gas.
  • Your propane tank has shifted or moved.
  • The tank regulator has been exposed to water.
  • The gas lines are broken, bent, damaged or have pulled away from the propane tank or appliances.
  • Propane appliances or their controls have been exposed to water.
  • If You Detect a Gas Leak or Smell Gas: If you smell gas or notice signs of a gas leak, evacuate the premises immediately and contact 1-888-517-3680 or dial 911 for immediate assistance. All gas leaks potentially pose a serious threat.

What to do if you smell gas If you think you smell propane in your home, camper, RV or the area around any gas equipment, or if a gas alarm signals the presence of propane, you should IMMEDIATELY follow these suggestions:

  • Extinguish all smoking materials and any other open flames or sources of ignition.
  • Everyone should vacate the building, vehicle, or area.
  • Move away without using any electric switches, appliances, thermostats, or telephones.
  • Close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
  • Call your propane supplier and/or your local fire department from a cellular telephone or a neighbor’s telephone.
  • Even if you do not continue to smell propane, do not open or turn on the propane supply valve. Do not re-enter the building, vehicle, or area. Let a qualified propane service technician and/or emergency personnel check for escaped propane.
  • Have a properly trained propane service technician repair the leak. The propane service technician or emergency responder needs to determine that the leak situation has been fully resolved. The propane service technician should check all your gas appliances and re-light any appliance pilots.
  • Return to the building, camper, RV, or area only when the service or emergency technician indicates it is safe to do so.

Using Propane Appliances Safely

How to Ignite the Pilot Light: Exercise caution when relighting the pilot light on your own, as it can be hazardous. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings provided with the appliance. Additionally, consider the following precautions. For further guidance, you can contact our customer service team or consult an appliance professional.

Avoid the following actions:

  • Allowing unnecessary individuals, especially children, to remain in the room or area where you are relighting the pilot.
  • Engaging in smoking or having any ignition sources, such as flames or materials that produce sparks, in the vicinity before igniting the pilot.
  • Applying force or using tools on the pilot light or its controls, as this may cause damage and lead to gas leakage. Use only your hands to operate knobs, switches, or buttons.
  • Applying oil to sticky or difficult-to-use controls. If any control elements are stuck, please contact us for safe assistance.

Propane Tank and Appliance Considerations During Absence:

  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period, it is advisable to close all propane supply valves, including the main supply valve on your propane tank and the gas supply valves on each appliance.
  • Upon returning, it is crucial to call Dixie Land Energy for a leak check before turning your propane supply back on. After confirming there are no leaks, we can assist in relighting your pilot lights, if needed.

Reducing the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

To minimize the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, it is advisable to have a qualified service technician regularly inspect your appliances and venting systems.

Throughout the year, ensure the following:

  • Chimneys, flues, and vents are free from debris, including leaves, animal nests, snow, ice, and other obstructions.
  • Compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the placement and use of vent-free appliances, including fireplaces and logs.
  • Availability of functioning, UL-listed carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home.
  • Keeping the chimney flue damper open when using your fireplace.

Avoid the following actions:

  • Using a gas oven or range-top burners for space heating.
  • Using outdoor portable heaters indoors unless they are specifically designed and approved for indoor use.
  • Operating a barbecue grill (propane or charcoal) indoors for cooking or heating.
  • Running a propane-fueled engine, such as a lawnmower, generator, or snow blower, in enclosed areas, including the garage.
  • Recertification of Propane Grill Tanks: Periodic re-certification of your propane grill tank is necessary, depending on the tank type. This is crucial to ensure the safe operation of your propane tank.
  • Handling a Suspected Propane Tank Leak: If you smell gas or suspect a propane tank leak, promptly exit the premises, and contact 1-888-517-3680 or dial 911 for immediate assistance. All gas leaks potentially pose a serious threat.
  • If the suspected leak is from a portable propane tank or grill tank, and it is safe to do so, turn off the cylinder valve by rotating it to the right (clockwise). If unable to shut off the valve, immediately leave the area and call 911 or your local fire department. Before using the grill again, have a qualified service technician inspect your grill and cylinder. It is best to move away from the source of the leak and ensure that pets and people are at a safe distance.

Propane Gas Grill and Range Safety Tips:

Gas grilling tips

  • Do not use a propane gas cylinder if it shows signs of external damage, such as dents, gouges, bulges, fire damage, corrosion, leakage, or excessive rust.
  • Before grilling, make sure the propane cylinder is secured to the grill as directed by the manufacturer.
  • After grilling, the cylinder must not be stored indoors or within any enclosed space.
  • Always open the grill hood before lighting, and light according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never use gasoline or kerosene to start the fire.
  • Always grill in a well-ventilated area.  Do not grill indoors or close to the side of a building.
  • Use foil or a drip pan to catch juices and help avoid grease fires.
  • To see how much propane is left in your cylinder, run a wet finger down the side. The wet streak will evaporate faster over the empty part of the cylinder.
  • To turn the cylinder valve on or off, remember “Righty, tighty/Lefty, loosey.” to close cylinder valve Appliance safety.

Propane Grill Do’s:

  • Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not bring propane cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage or basement.
  • Always follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.
  • Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off. Keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.
  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and cooled off before covering your grill after use.
  • Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Store them outdoors away from sources of ignition.
  • When you have your cylinder refilled, have your supplier check for dents, damage, rust, or leaks. 
  • After filling, take your cylinder home immediately. Keep your vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped. Do not leave the cylinder in your car. 
  • When your grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags, or obtain protective fitting caps from your propane supplier to keep out dirt, insects, and moisture.
  • Before lighting your propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness. Contact your local propane gas supplier to obtain the leak detection solution and instructions on how to use it. 
  • Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • If there is a significant and uncontrollable release of gas or a fire, call the fire department immediately and move all people and pets away from the unit. Propane Grill Don’ts:
  • Do not smoke while handling the propane cylinder.
  • Do not leave the cylinder in your vehicle.
  • Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.
  • Do not use, store, or transport your cylinder where it would be exposed to high temperatures. (This includes storing spare cylinders under or near the grill.)

Propane Gas Range Do’s:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s installation and operating instructions.
  • Have your unit serviced if the burner flame is not blue. The blue flame indicates complete combustion. A yellow flame means air inlets are clogged or burners need to be adjusted.
  • Keep pot handles turned inward.
  • Schedule regular preventive maintenance checks for your appliances.
  • Keep the range surface clean. Propane Gas Range Don’ts:
  • Do not cover the oven bottom with foil – it can restrict air circulation.
  • Never use gas ranges for space heating.
  • Never allow children to turn the burner control knobs on your propane gas range.
  • Do not leave food simmering unattended.
  • Keep flammable materials away from burner flames.

For more safety information, read the latest CPSC fact sheet on safe grilling: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01185.html

Provided by the National Propane Gas Association

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Ensure OSHA Compliance: Understand Propane Safety Regulations for Safe Handling

Propane, a versatile and commonly used gas for various purposes like grilling, heating, and industrial operations, presents both benefits and hazards. Propane or LPG is a widely used gas, but it requires careful handling and adherence to safety regulations due to its pressurized nature, propane carries a significant explosive force, making it crucial to handle, store, and transport it in compliance with regulations set by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CGA (Compressed Gas Association).

Follow these simple guidelines to promote safe propane use and storage in both residential and workplace settings:

Proper Cylinder Storage:

  • Store unused cylinders in an open-air storage unit or a protected cage with an overhead roof, ensuring a minimum distance of 20 feet from other buildings.
  • Store and position cylinders correctly as per guidelines.
  • Forklift cylinders can be stored vertically or horizontally. If stored horizontally, the relief valve must be positioned at 12 o’clock. Such cylinders do not require an overfill prevention device (OPD).
  • Grill cylinders should be stored vertically.
  • Protect container valves during storage by placing them into the container’s recess or securing them with a ventilated cap or collar to prevent valve damage if the container is dropped.
  • Avoid storing cylinders near doorways, stairways, or exits.
  • Choose storage locations away from high-traffic areas.
  • Keep propane cylinders away from other flammable or combustible materials.
  • Ensure easy access to fire extinguishers near propane storage areas.
  • Store cylinders in safety cages or cabinets on flat surfaces that don’t collect water, ensuring they are elevated on non-combustible surfaces.
  • Store cylinders with the relief valve in direct contact with the vapor space within the container.
  • Never store propane cylinders in areas with excessive heat (above 120 degrees) or near heat sources.
  • Secure cylinders to prevent falling, using chains or other appropriate support systems. Each cylinder should be individually secured to avoid all cylinders falling when one is removed from storage.
  • Regularly check cylinder collar dates to ensure compliance with requalification dates, replacing or exchanging cylinders that are outdated.
  • Inspect cylinders for leaks, signs of rust, and wear, regardless of the requalification date. If cylinders are in poor condition, they may need replacement.
  • Industrial facilities can store propane in cylinders within non-public buildings, such as industrial structures, with a limit of up to 300 lbs. of propane. Special buildings or rooms dedicated to propane storage allow up to 10,000 pounds, subject to specific requirements outlined on OSHA’s website.

Safe Handling and Equipment:

  • When connecting or disconnecting propane cylinders from hoses, wear appropriate face and eye protection and loose-fitting gloves to avoid freezer burns caused by instantaneous propane exposure.
  • Close the valve on a cylinder when it is not in use to minimize the risk of leaks.
  • Regularly monitor expiration dates on the cylinder collar and replace or exchange outdated cylinders.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for propane-powered equipment.
  • Consult documentation specific to propane-powered devices for proper usage, refueling, and cylinder-changing procedures.
  • Only trained and authorized personnel should handle liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) containers.
  • Avoid using metal tools when changing a cylinder.
  • Avoid opening valves without excessive force.
  • Do not roll, drag, drop, or let cylinders bang against objects.
  • Close the valve of a cylinder when not in use to prevent potential leaks.
  • Periodically inspect propane equipment for leaks or malfunctioning parts:
  • Check the propane cylinder for cuts, gouges, dents, and rust, replacing any damaged cylinders.
  • Use a leak detector or a soap solution to check for leaks, avoiding matches or flames. Apply a solution of 50% liquid dish soap and 50% water to all hose connections and valves; bubbles indicate a leak. In case of a leak, turn off the propane at the tank if safe to do so, tighten hose connections, and recheck for leaks using the soap solution.
  • Prohibit smoking or the presence of ignition sources like flames or spark-producing electrical tools when handling propane.
  • Never attempt to disassemble or cut open a propane cylinder.
  • Avoid exposing cylinders to excessive heat. Additionally, do not paint propane cylinders dark colors, as they should be painted in light or reflective colors to reduce heat absorption.
  • Do not modify or repair valves, regulators, or other cylinder or appliance parts.
  • Park LPG-powered trucks away from heat sources, stairways, exits, or busy areas. Turn off the service valve when parking LPG-powered trucks for an extended period.
  • Empty propane cylinders require the same safety precautions as full cylinders.


  • Transport propane cylinders in an upright position and secure them during transit.
  • Keep valves closed and, if necessary, seal them with a plug, even for empty cylinders.
  • Avoid leaving cylinders in closed vehicles, especially during hot weather or when there’s a risk of heat buildup.
  • Ideally, ensure proper ventilation during transportation.
  • Prohibit smoking while handling or transporting cylinders.
  • During unloading, park transport trucks at least 5 feet away from storage containers and ensure easy access to shutoff valves.

Proper storage and handling of propane tanks are vital for regulatory compliance. Many factors, including nearby buildings, flammable objects, and awnings, must be considered. It is important to avoid common practices such as stacking propane tanks indoors without safety cages or protection. A proactive approach to propane storage, transportation, and use is necessary to mitigate potential human factors that may compromise safety. While the list of OSHA requirements is extensive, reviewing them ensures facility compliance and assesses how workers handle propane and propane-powered devices considering human factors.

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