Here's an amazing video of what appears to be a truck carrying propane tanks look like when the truck catches fire. All in all, there are 39 explosions and at the 7:01 mark, after people think it's all over, they get a big surprise.
Things to remember...
While the RV industry has done a lot to ensure high standards regarding propane safety, propane can cause disaster if mishandled or used improperly. When propane leaks from one of the lines inside an RV, it can build up until a source of ignition (match, cigarette, spark, pilot light, etc.) causes it to explode.
Finding Propane Leaks/ Propane Safety
- If you smell rotton eggs, you have a propane leak. Propane itself doesn't have an odor, so chemicals are added to get your attention.
- If you have or suspect a leak, DO NOT turn on anything electric. A spark could ignite the gas.
- Go outside and turn the valves to the tank(s) off.
- Open the windows and the door to allow the RV to air out.
- If you don't want to work on a gas line, call an RV repairman immediately.
- If you want to find the leak and are confidant about your abilities, turn on one burner at a time on low with the tank(s) outside on.
- Begin at the outside tank and spray the tank valve(s) with soapy water. Watch for bubbling. If you see bubbling anywhere on the line(s), or at a coupling, you have a leak.
- DO NOT use the propane until the coupling or line has been repaired.
- Check the entire system before turning it back on.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector in your RV. Pay attention if it goes off.
- If your RV stays mostly in storage, test the detector every time you use it. If you live in it, or it stays in use, replace the batteries once a year like a smoke detector.
- If it goes off at a campground, and you're sure you don't have a leak, check to see if someone nearby is running a generator. Your trailer could be filling with their exhaust.
- If you have covers for your tanks, keep them on. It's best to shade propane tanks in hot weather to reduce the expansion of the gas.
When properly managed, propane is a safe and easy to use, economical gas.