U-Haul performs cylinder safety, qualification checks this summer

June 22, 2020 By    
The proposed rule will focus on how often propane marketers must qualify, or verify, the condition of cylinders after applying hydrostatic testing. Photo: iStock.com/knowlesgallery

U-Haul Propane Program Manager John Barnett estimates that as many as 7 million 20-pound propane tanks enter the U.S. market annually. Photo: knowlesgallery/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

U-Haul is currently offering free safety inspections and qualification checks on all propane cylinders.

U-Haul-certified propane technicians are trained to identify any issues with the cylinders and dispense the gas safely, according to the company.

The company says as families increase their use of backyard barbecues for summer grilling season, it’s wise to ensure safety protocols are being followed.

“We’re offering to check the qualification date on each propane user’s cylinder, examine the valve for any leaks and inspect the tank for dents, cracks, gouges and rust,” says John Barnett, propane program manager at U-Haul. “Any imperfections can be a danger, and we want to make certain everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer.”

Barnett estimates that as many as 7 million 20-pound propane tanks commonly used for barbecue grills enter the U.S. market annually. A large number of these tanks lapse in qualification each year and cannot be legally filled without inspection and requalification.

Propane tanks are qualified for 12 years from the original manufactured date stamped on their collars. Customers have two options if qualification has lapsed:

  • They can visit a propane company to have a tank requalified, if it passes inspection. Requalification lasts for five years.
  • They can also purchase a new 20-pound barbecue tank with a fuel gauge that is qualified for 12 years.

“Propane is a big part of our business and we’re inviting everyone to take advantage of a free inspection at any of our 1,110-plus company-owned facilities where propane is sold,” Barnett adds.

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Carly Bemer (McFadden) was the managing editor at LP Gas magazine.

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