Propane Tank Installation Distance Requirements – Residential Propane Tank Regulations

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We already know that using propane as a fuel source is not only beneficial to homeowners but the environment as well. Propane is not only a safe fuel source, but it is also cost-effective, reliable and even produces clean air during its emission. It is now becoming one of the most widely-used energy sources in the United States.

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) comes in propane tanks that though proven to be safe, still has some certain risks that inevitably go along with it same as with other energy source if not handled properly. For this reason, safety measures like federal, state and local ordinances have been established to oversee the installing, refilling and dispensing of propane tanks to thoroughly avoid these risks.

Certain rules and guidelines have been put into place to make sure that homeowners enjoy the full benefit of using propane without having to worry about safety hazards. One must follow these established guidelines to ensure the safe and legal placement of one’s propane tanks.

So what exactly is stated in these guidelines?

It mostly discusses the required distance from houses, buildings, driveways, awnings, and property lines a homeowner’s propane tanks should have. The distance rules cover the area from the propane tank to whatever that surrounds it, whether it’s a house or another propane tank. This required distance and placement regulations depend on the various sizes of your propane tanks and whether it is an above ground tank or an underground.

Some of the basic regulations are as stated:

A 100-gallon propane tanks should be placed with a minimum distance of 5 feet from an opening of a building and a minimum distance of 10 feet from any source of ignition. 100-gallon propane tanks are mostly ideal for portable cooking, temporary heating and used to power grills and stoves. Tanks that have under 125-gallon capacities should be at least 10 feet from a window air conditioner and have a distance of 5 feet or more from a crawl space opening.

The next size, the 500-gallon propane tank should be placed at a minimum distance of 10 feet from the opening of a building, another 10 feet from any source of ignition and 10 feet again from a line of adjoining property. 500-gallon propane tanks are mostly used in homes with a larger area of heating space, multiple appliances, and restaurants.

The distance requirement stated above is the same distance required from 1000 gallon propane tanks. 1000 propane tanks are used for large homes with over 4, 500 square feet and multiple appliances. It is also commonly used for agricultural purposes. 2000 gallon propane tanks, on the other hand, have to have quite a distance from the building. They have to at least have 25 feet.

These required distance requirements shouldn’t be taken lightly to ensure that the placement of your tanks is safe and legal. If the different distance requirements seem to be confusing and burdensome, you don’t have to worry. There are reliable gas companies that have been doing this for years and they can help you understand and accomplish the specific distance requirements you must abide by.

For trusted propane dealers that serve both commercial and residential needs in the West Michigan area, your best bet is Dependable LP Gas Co. We have already established a reputation for ourselves of being one of the best propane providers for residential, commercial and agricultural use to an approximately 40-mile wide radius of satisfied West Michigan customers. Call us now at 1-800-465-9912 and see for yourself.


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