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Can Propane Tanks Explode?

Hiper Gas is committed to propane safety

propane tank service texas People often think that propane tanks are prone to exploding, but that’s not the case. That inaccurate belief probably comes from action movies where tanks explode thanks to crashes or gunshots, giving the audience the big booms it loves.

In reality, however, it is actually very difficult to make a propane tank explode, and it requires quite a bit of time and effort.

Today’s propane tanks come with relief valves which are designed to release pressure from propane tanks when the internal pressure reaches a certain level. Once the pressure falls below that level, the valve will close.

BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) is a phrase familiar to firefighters and hazardous materials response teams. It refers to an instance when the pressure in a tank goes over the amount that can be safely vented into the atmosphere by the relief valve.

Although propane tanks have built-in measures to prevent explosions, accidents can still happen if these mechanisms are not used correctly. This is why it’s so important to know how to safely use a propane tank.

Quality, safe propane tanks from Hiper Gas

With other propane companies, you may get an older, refurbished tank. Not with Hiper Gas!

You always get a new propane tank from us. Our tanks are made to the highest standards for safety and quality, so you can be assured that the propane tank at your home or business is safe to use. We have an extensive supply of propane tanks in a full range of sizes, so whether you need a small tank just for your cooking range or a larger tank for lots of propane appliances, Hiper Gas has what you need!

Our service technicians are all trained, skilled, and experienced so know that your tank will be installed properly. You can also have no worries down the road about your propane tank with our affordable propane tank leasing because we handle all maintenance and repairs.

Propane tank safety tips

The most important thing you need to know about propane is what to do if you smell the distinct, rotten-egg odor of propane gas in your home. Smelling means there is a leak somewhere.

If this occurs, follow propane safety best practices, and evacuate your home immediately. Don’t stop to investigate where the leak could be coming from. On your way out, extinguish all sources of ignition such as candles or cigarettes, and don’t use light switches or phones. Call 911 and Hiper Gas once you are a safe distance away from your home.

You also should know how to shut off the supply valve on your propane tank. If you are not sure to do it, now is the time to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Keep your propane tank a light color. Propane expands in heat at a rate 18 times that of water. A white or light-colored tank reflects heat away from the tank. Any color darker than a light beige can absorb heat, leading the propane in the tank to expand to potentially dangerous levels.

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