National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Tank – Propane, Fuel, LPG, 20 lb.Tank (5GL)

NFES Number: 
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

  1. Check for rust, dents, punctures, broken valves, and weak valve handle. Verify handle type to ensure that tank meets current specifications for “OPD” valve
  2. 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.
  3. Return to stock if unused and recertification is valid.
  4. Refurbish item if tank is undamaged.
  5. Dispose of item if unable to refurbish.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Testing for performance

  1. Apply soapy water to valve area, watch for bubbles indicating leaks.
  2. If leaks are detected, tag immediately for repair or remove from service.
  3. Safely dispose of tank contents per local HAZMAT disposal policy. Deliver tank to local LPG provider for tank testing, repairs, or disposal.

B. Cleaning

  • Power wash tank and let dry.

C. Repair

  1. Replace any broken handles.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Install plastic cap or plug in valve opening if missing.
  5. All other repair will be done by and authorized facility.
  6. Follow local cache protocols for refilling empty tanks.

D. Repackaging

  1. Ensure valve is in the “OFF” position before transporting.
  2. Place on pallets and secure with wrap or ties to ensure tanks do not fall or tip over. 


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