Fuel is an all important part of our lives. In the modern day and age, especially, the use of fuel is not only widespread but also indispensable. To ensure that every citizen has access to some form of energy, the government designs and manufactures massive quantities of LP Tanks on a regular basis.
What is LPG?
LP is the shortened form of Liquefied Petroleum. In most of the domestic spaces across the globe, the preferred choice of fuel is propane. LPG or liquefied petroleum gas is primarily a mix of propane and butane that is compressed and cooled to its liquid form. It is one of the most common and preferred sources of fuel for:
· Use as Motor Fuel
· Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Facilities.
What is the LP Tank?
To ensure ease-of-use, propane is compressed and stored as liquid in tanks or cylinders. The tanks come in various shapes or sizes depending upon requirements and usage. There are primarily two types of tanks. These are:
1) The Stationary Tank: These tanks can be found behind houses or commercial buildings. They provide fuel for all the propane powered appliances such as the Air Conditioner, Room Heater or Industrial Washer. Since the need for fuel is much more in these cases, the stationary tanks have much larger capacity and cannot be handled except by a trained professional.
2) The Portable Tank: As opposed to the stationary tank, the portable tank is found inside most domestic properties. The portable tank also commonly called the gas cylinder provides fuel for cooking purposes. As such these are smaller in size ranging at around 22-30 pounds. While they are easier to handle and move around one must be aware that since the cylinders contain inflammable fuel, they are best handled by trained professionals.
Basic Requirements of an LP Tank AMES IA:
There are a few things that every tank or cylinder should come equipped with. While buying LP Tanks from your local co-operative, make sure that they have the following.
· Manufacturer’s Nameplate: Tanks without an authorized manufacturer cannot be refilled and are a bio-hazard.
· Tank Paint Color: The tanks must be painted a reflective color to reduce dissociation by heat.
· Regulator Position: The regulator of the cylinder must be covered or protected by a cap and turned downwards. This is important to prevent accidents.
· Level Placement: It is crucial that the tank be placed on level ground. Uneven tank placement increases chances of accidental falls and possible deaths.
Since LP Tanks and cylinders are one of the most common products available at your local co-op, chances of overlooking a few components are great. Doing this, however, is a mistake that can endanger your family and neighborhood. Customers are advised to ensure that the tanks have safety valves, come accompanied with a manual and are installed by professional persons only.