Moving Trucks and Propane Tanks: A Deadly Combination
We’ve said it before. But apparently we need it to say it again: do not, under any circumstances, pack propane tanks in moving trucks. It’s illegal for a reason. And that reason is that it’s really, really, really dangerous.
KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas reported on Sunday that a family was driving a moving truck when it suddenly exploded. Luckily, nobody was injured. But debris did fly onto various nearby properties. On top of that, local police said that the damage was mitigated in part because the tank exploded upwards — whereas a downward explosion would have put the moving truck’s gas tank in danger, potentially doubling the impact of the explosion.
You can read the full article here. There’s also a video of the aftermath and it’s not pretty. While it doesn’t show the explosion, it does show the aftermath: debris everywhere and furniture that definitely did not get safely moved to its intended destination.
When moving grills or anything else powered by a pressurized tank, it is absolutely imperative that the tank be removed prior to the move. Propane tanks can only be moved safely in a car, where you have access to the tank and know that it is not in a position to be jostled around. At all.
As we can see, the risk of moving the tank any other way is too great. As movers we know how much you value your stuff. It’s our job to get your belongings safely from one place to another. That’s our entire job, really. And that’s why propane tanks and other pressurized or flammable gases are never, ever, allowed to ride in the back of moving trucks.
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