Can Propane Tanks Explode?

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It’s possible, but not likely

If you are a propane customer who decided to use propane, in part, because of its safety record you may be surprised to learn that propane tanks can in fact explode. While this is true, it doesn’t take away from the fact that propane is indeed still safe to use. Let’s take a close look at why.

The truth about propane tank explosions

Yes, the fact of the matter is that propane tanks can explode. Propane is a combustible material so there is always the chance of an explosion, especially when temperatures get very hot.

When propane gets warm it expands, which causes the pressure inside a propane tank to increase. Once a safe pressure point is exceeded, a propane tank can rupture and a rupture can cause an explosion if a propane tank is near any ignition sources or open flames (so keep your tanks far away from these!).

However, this is pretty rare and unusual. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are only about 600 propane tank explosions a year. That number is not very large considering that propane is used in about 11.9 million households, according to the National Propane Gas Association.

Propane safety facts

As we mentioned, propane has a track record of being extremely safe despite the fact that a propane tank explosion is possible. Here is a look at what makes propane safe and user friendly:

Taking the necessary precautions

In the rare event that your propane tank does explode or if you think you have a propane leak here is what you should do:

Propane tanks and installations from Hocon Gas

While propane tanks are built to last for a long time (some can last as long as 30 years!), the time will eventually come for them to be replaced. And when that time does arrive, Hocon Gas is here to help.

We carry a wide range of propane tank sizes and can help you pick out what will work best for you, your family and your home. On top of that, our experts can install your new tank if you live in Connecticut or in certain parts of Massachusetts and New York.

Hocon Gas can help with all your propane needs. Stop by one of our showrooms or contact us today to learn more about our propane tanks and our propane services!

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