You've learned to keep a close eye on your car's gas gauge. Running out of gasoline is not just an inconvenience, it could place you and your loved ones at risk. You watch the gauge and fill your tank to avoid being stranded. What you might not know is that you should also watch the gauge on your propane tank at home.

Did you know?
The State of Oklahoma has adopted the National Fire Protection Association's requirements regarding out-of-gas situations. These regulations require anyone delivering propane to an out-of-gas customer or new customer to perform a complete system check. This leak or safety check includes an inspection of all lines, appliances, regulators and control valves. A thorough safety check can take as long as an hour to complete and most dealers will charge an additional fee for this service. It may be inconvenient, but the propane customer is required to be home at the time of the inspection.

Why is this inspection necessary on out-of-gas calls?
Propane is an extremely safe energy source when used properly. These strict out-of-gas regulations were enacted by The State of Oklahoma and NFPA to protect your family and property. Convenience, comfort, cost and safety… these are four good reasons to avoid out-of-gas situations.

We're here to help.
Your propane dealer wants to make sure that you always have all the heat you need and plenty of hot water. That means making sure that you never run out of propane. You can avoid the inconvenience and cost of an out-of-gas call. Tips for reading the gauge on your propane tank have been included on this page. Just remember to call your propane dealer and have your tank filled before it reaches the one-quarter level. Or better yet, ask your dealer to place your account on an automatic fill basis. That way, your dealer will make sure your propane tank is filled year-round.

How to read your propane tank gauge.

If gauge reads Number of gallons remaining
150-gal tank 200-gal tank 250-gal tank 500-gal tank
80% 120 160 200 400
70% 105 140 175 350
60% 90 120 150 300
50% 75 100 125 250
40% 60 80 100 200
30% 45 60 75 150
20% 30 40 50 100
10% 15 20 25 50

Numbers indicate the percentage of gas remaining in the tank. Look at the gauge attached to the tank with numbers from 5-95. (Don't confuse it with the pressure gauge, with numbers from 0-300.)


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