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Barbecues are a much-anticipated highlight of summer weekends and, across the nation, families prepare for the grilling season in earnest. However, the next time you exchange your propane tank for your grill, make sure you check carefully for signs of corrosion and damage from anhydrous ammonia.

Anhydrous ammonia is sometimes stored in propane gas tanks, and leaves a telltale bluish green tinge on the brass service valve of the tank. Hypermarkets and other retail outlets sometimes recycle these tanks to be sold to unwitting customers, and the results can be tragic. The corrosion caused to the valve may affect the pressure of the gas within the tank, causing it to leak and potentially ignite or explode if placed near a heat source.

An additional worry is the trend among methamphetamine addicts to cook up methamphetamine in propane tanks, and then trade them in at stores when they’ve finished using them. It’s just one more thing to worry about, but it highlights the need to be hyper-vigilant in checking for any flaws in the valve on your propane tanks. Always make sure the tank is kept in a well-ventilated area, away from sources of heat or flames.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a propane tank incident in Oklahoma or in Arkansas, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of Carr & Carr, Attorneys at Law, to discuss your case and pursue full compensation under the law.

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