Whether you need the propane for a residential grill or for something in your business, there are many pitfalls to avoid when you're transporting a propane tank. Since stuffing it in the trunk will can cause it to dangerously heat up, put the tank in the space between your car's back and front seats while keeping a window open to prevent a leak from becoming fatal. Before you do this, however, it's prudent to make sure that none of these three things are or will be in your car during transport.
Crowded Storage Bag On Back Of Car Seat
Do everything you can to prevent your tank from falling over while you're on the highway or when you suddenly have to brake sharply. Force from the fall could create a leak in the tank, making it useless and exposing yourself to unnecessary danger. Even if no leak forms, the impact could knock an older dust cap off your tank and loosen its valve.
One way to reduce the risk of a fall is to remove any storage bags wrapped around the backs of your car seats that have a lot of heavy objects in them. This is especially important if the strings holding the bags up have any visible damage on them.
If you own a modern smartphone, there's a good chance that it's powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. While these types of batteries are very convenient to use, one downside to them is that they're often liable to explode in the face of heat. This could ignite propane leaking out of a hole you haven't noticed yet, totaling your car and anyone unlucky enough to be in it.
Remember that sealed cars (especially ones with untainted glass) fall victim to the greenhouse effect on sunny days, making the inside much hotter than the outside. Before you leave your phone anywhere near your propane tank, make sure that it has good lithium-ion battery safety features. Even if it does, it isn't that difficult to just carry your phone with you while you're away from your car.
Metal Chains For Holding The Tank In Place
You might think that wrapping your tank in metal chains to keep it steady will reduce the risk of anything bad happening. But because it's so easy for a spark to appear when your car's high speed causes the metal objects within it to clank together, it's simply too dangerous to do this. Even the smallest spark that reaches the gas from a tank leak will cause a huge explosion.
For more information on propane, contact a company like Fieldings Oil & Propane Co Inc.