While using propane is simple, it’s never a bad idea to revisit the basics. Propane is reliable, and easy to use, making it the perfect partner for backyard BBQs, machinery and even emergency preparedness plans. If you’re looking for a straightforward lesson on how to turn your propane tank on and off, My Propane Butler has you covered.

Does Propane Expire?

Unlike other fuel sources, propane can be stored indefinitely—unless the tank has been damaged or neglected. Turning your propane tank on after a longer period of time is usually not a problem, which is why propane is a great alternative resource for both residential and commercial applications.

Turning the Propane Tank On

Before turning propane on, always ensure that the tank is securely attached. If you’re unsure whether or not your propane tank is safe to use, err on the side of caution and get the tank replaced.

Check the Valve

The knob on the top of your tank typically has arrows showing the direction for “on” and “off.” For most tanks, you’ll need to turn the knob counterclockwise (to the left). Be sure to check the arrows on the knob before turning.

Find a Rag

Now that you know what direction to turn, grab a rag or any other material that will help you securely grip the knob.

Twist the Valve

Twist the valve in the “on” direction until it can’t turn anymore. Your propane tank should now be ready for use!

Turning the Propane Tank Off

Knowing how to turn off your propane tank is crucial, especially in case of an emergency. Turning your propane tank off is simply done by twisting the knob in the opposite direction.

When Should I Turn My Propane Tank Off?

Propane tanks that are used for outdoor grills or space heaters should always be turned off after use. A gas leak is another instance where you should turn off propane (if it’s safe to do so). If you’ve turned off your propane after a suspected leak, you must enlist the help of a professional to turn your valve back on.

Additional Safety Tips to Remember When Using Propane

As a propane user, it’s your responsibility to maintain your tank. When using propane, remember to:

  • Store your tank on a flat, elevated surface away from the ground
  • Place your tank in an open, outdoor area at least 10 feet away from your home
  • Keep open flames away from your tank
  • Never use an expire or damaged tank

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