Tank – Propane, Fuel, LPG, 20 lb.Tank (5GL)
Storage and Shelf Life Checks:
Storage and Shelf Life Procedure:
1. Store in secured (no-smoking) area. Tanks will vent fumes when they get hot. Store out of direct sun.
2. Refer to Forest Service Health & Safety Handbook, OSHA, NFPA, and local direction.
Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria
- Check for rust, dents, punctures, broken valves, and weak valve handle. Verify handle type to ensure that tank meets current specifications for “OPD” valve
- Confirm test date on propane tank. Tank must be recertified [hydrostatic testing] 10 years from manufacturer date and every 5 years after the first recertification.
- Return to stock if unused and recertification is valid.
- Refurbish item if tank is undamaged.
- Dispose of item if unable to refurbish.
A. Testing for performance
- Apply soapy water to valve area, watch for bubbles indicating leaks.
- If leaks are detected, tag immediately for repair or remove from service.
- Safely dispose of tank contents per local HAZMAT disposal policy. Deliver tank to local LPG provider for tank testing, repairs, or disposal.
- Power wash tank and let dry.
- Replace any broken handles.
- Ensure warning labels are visible and replace as necessary. Cylinders must be marked in accordance with NFPA 704 when used in industrial or commercial applications using labels: HZ-116 or CYL 3 in 1.
- A painted stencil or decal reading “NOT FOR INDOOR USE” must be located in a highly visible location on the propane tank with red lettering at least 3/4 inches tall in size.
- Install plastic cap or plug in valve opening if missing.
- All other repair will be done by and authorized facility.
- Follow local cache protocols for refilling empty tanks.
- Ensure valve is in the “OFF” position before transporting.
- Place on pallets and secure with wrap or ties to ensure tanks do not fall or tip over.
- Requalification Guidance for Propane Cylinders,
- National Fire Equipment System Cache Memorandum No. 13-1,
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