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Operating Your Propane Tank

propane_gauge_red_zone2.jpgPropane Tank 101:
How to Read & Shut Off Your Propane Tank

You can’t go wrong relying on propane. It’s a versatile and safe way to fuel your household amenities all year long. However, we understand that most homeowners are not comfortable dealing directly with propane storage tanks due to a lack of understanding. That’s okay – we’re here to help with some general knowledge from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) that all propane users should have!

Reading Your Propane Tank Gauge

When using propane, it’s important to know how to read your propane tank gauge so you can better avoid running out of fuel. Although it might seem intimidating, checking the gauge is easy!

  • Open the lid of the propane tank to reveal the gauge.
    • Note: Since propane expands and contracts inside the tank as outdoor temperatures change, propane tanks are filled to about 80% capacity.
  • The numbers on the gauge express how full the tank is as a percentage. When the needle is on 80, you have a full tank. When the needle is on 40, the tank is half-full of propane.
  • If your tank runs out of propane, national safety code requires that a qualified professional inspect your propane system before the gas is turned back on.
How to Read a Tank Gauge

Shutting Off Your Propane Tank

Knowing how to shut off your propane tank is crucial – even if you never end up using this knowledge, it’ll be good to have just in case!

  • Open the lid of the propane tank to reveal the shut-off valve.
  • Turn the shut-off valve to the right, or clockwise, to stop the flow of propane.
  • If you have more than one tank, shut them all off the same way.
  • Whenever the gas has been turned off, national safety codes require that a professional tests your propane system before turning the gas back on and re-lighting pilots.
How to Turn the Tank Off

We hope this information helps propane customers feel more comfortable around their propane equipment. For more helpful information relating to the safe use of propane, visit!

If you ever have any questions about how to use your propane system, feel free to contact New England Propane by calling 203-792-7654.