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The Dangers of Propane Tanks

Propane tanks are a common source of heating fuel, but can be incredibly dangerous if not handled and disposed of properly. The content of a propane tank is a flammable fluid that can easily catch fire or explode if handled improperly or if the tank is defective. If an explosion occurs due to defective parts on the tank, the manufacturer may be liable. The same is true for propane suppliers who do not properly reconnect the tank.

Several important things to be aware of when using propane tanks:

  • There is a increased chance that the tank could rupture and explode if the pressure valve on the tank does not work correctly.
  • Lawn care professionals and other contractors working around your home should be careful not to bump the tank, as this could cause leaks which can lead to fires or explosion.
  • If your tank is damaged in any way, never abandon it. Propane tanks must be properly discarded to make sure that there is no longer a potential for fire or explosion. Disposing your tank in a dumpster could create an explosion hazard.
  • Never cut the tank even if you think it is empty. Even small amounts of propane can explode and cause serious fires.
  • Keep the tank upright at all times, Never turn a tank on it’s side to roll it.
  • Propane gas is odorless and colorless so even if you can not smell or see the gas, do not assume that your tank is empty.

Following safety precautions while using propane tanks can decrease the chance that your tank my catch fire or explode. When someone else’s negligence results in a propane tank explosion and injuries you, contact the highly skilled Texas Explosion Lawyers at Williams Hart and discover your legal rights.

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