For the most part, you should try to always leave your propane tank alone other than to check the level on the gauge. 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.
It’s not hard—but it’s important to familiarize yourself with your tank so you know what to do when or if an emergency is at-hand:
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 and on changes the pressure in the lines, which can cause the seals around pipe fittings to contract and create a potential 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.
At Midway, your safety is our number one priority. If you have questions about your tank or propane safety, please contact us any time and we’ll be happy to assist you.