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How To Turn Off Your Propane Storage Tank

When—and How—to Shut Off Your Tank

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Typically, you probably leave your propane tank alone other than to check the gauge for your current fuel level. And that’s okay, however, while propane is completely safe under most conditions, it can be highly flammable, so leaking propane lines can be dangerous. That’s why under certain emergency conditions, you may need to turn it off. Make sure everyone in your household understands propane safety basics like the smell of gas and what to do if they detect it.

Shutting off the Flow of Propane

It’s not hard—but it’s important to familiarize yourself with your tank so you know what to do when it’s an emergency.

When Should I Turn Off My Propane Supply?

If it feels unsafe to turn off the gas, first move a safe distance away and outside and then call for help.

Once you’ve turned off your propane, do not go back in the house until a certified technician has confirmed that it’s safe. Also, never turn the propane back on yourself. Turning the gas off changes the pressure in the lines, which can cause the seals around pipe fittings to contract and create a leak.

A professional propane technician needs to perform a leak test to check the integrity of these joints and seals. Pressure tests are required by state and federal law, as well as insurance rules.

Winter Storm Safety Tips to Remember

The season has been on the mild side—so far. But it only takes one Nor’easter or a major snowstorm to wreak havoc and create dangerous situations! Here’s what to know to keep safe:

At PitStop Propane and Fuels, your safety is our number one priority. If you have questions about your tank or propane safety, please contact us any time. We’re always happy to help.