Proper Storage of Your BBQ Propane Tanks

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

I've made no secret about the warmer temperatures here in the Greater Sacramento Region.  While sitting quietly enjoying my Sunday afternoon, I heard the familiar sound of fire sirens and the rumbling of an army of fire trucks making their way on adjacent streets in my neighborhood, and then become louder and louder.  When I looked out my window, I began witnessing a large arrival of fire and emergency vehicles.  When my eyes ventured above the fire trucks, I could easily see flames shooting out of the roof of my neighbor's home, across the street.  I quickly learned the home next door to it, around the corner was also involved.  Every one made it out alive. Although one neighbor was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns.  There is extensive damage to both homes.  

It is believed propane tanks stored in a shed at the fence line between the houses is the culprit that caused this tragedy.  This event should act as a cautionary tale when it comes to properly storing barbecue propane cylinders, especially in hot weather.  I have found this link to be helpful: "Do It Yourself - Barbeque Proprane Cylinder Safety Tips."

Take Care!

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- I'm so glad that no one was killed!  That is so scary!  Thank you for the link and I've passed it on to Larry as well. I do know that when we fill up our tank, we always take it home immediately. 

Jun 25, 2018 10:09 AM #10
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 That is horrible! We use propane all the time because we grill so much, we need to read the article you attached as it gets really hot down here. I can understand you still being unsettled.

Jun 25, 2018 03:18 PM #11
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I read this on Facebook so tragic . Good you posted why the fire happened .Great safety precautions

Jun 25, 2018 07:09 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have the utmost respect for things that go boom. A concussion and a couple of bad burns but I survived Myrl...

Jun 25, 2018 09:13 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Excellent advice and not something often considered by homeowners !

Jun 26, 2018 02:35 AM #14
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


What a great bit of advice. I have never had to use propane and this is something I will retain in case I ever do. cheers cvc

Jun 26, 2018 08:20 AM #15
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I know how horrible it is to see a neighbor's house on fire. I witnessed my neighbors catch fire a long time ago (not by propane) but something else. For you to discover 2 were on fire must have been very frightening. I'm glad you're okay.  I hope the neighbor who went to the hospital will be alright physically, but emotionally can take time.

Sorry to hear about your felines. They have every reason to feel nervous and so do you! This is good information for everyone to know, including agents who are listing homes with these Barbecue Propane grills.

But YIKES! What Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, had to say is by far worse! We are lucky to have him here on ActiveRain and survive that tragedy. I think I would have been seeing fires every time I shut my eyes for some time. 

Jun 26, 2018 02:07 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl, that is a bitter lesson to personally learn and one that will not be forgotten.  Important that you shared with us here in the rain.

Jun 27, 2018 04:11 PM #17
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Myrl, that had to be frightening knowing the fire was so close. Glad no one was killed. Hope your neighborhood will be back to normal soon.

Jun 27, 2018 07:00 PM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Glad it ended without more tragedy. What a scary event to happen. But also a good remind to make sure propane - and other flammables are stored with precaution in mind. 

Jun 29, 2018 08:07 AM #19
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I thought of your blog today as I saw my trainer put her propane cans in the back seat of her car this morning and I all I thought Geez I sure hope they are empty the cars get super hot here.

Jun 29, 2018 02:11 PM #20
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Myrl - thank you for sharing this.  I read the entire article and will check the condition of my 4 tanks.

Jun 30, 2018 10:55 AM #21
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Myrl Jeffcoat,

I'm glad that Carol Williams featured you post in her Second Chance Saturday series because I missed it. Hot temperatures can bring about some tragic glad you neighbors are okay..good tips to provide..always better to be safe than sorry.

Jun 30, 2018 03:44 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                              Thank you, Myrl.

Jun 30, 2018 06:08 PM #23
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Mryl, thanks for reminding me to check my tanks. We keep spares on hand. It's always good to make sure they're secure. 

Jul 01, 2018 06:11 AM #24
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

This tip is vitally important. Thanks for making so many families aware of the danger of improperly stored propane tanks.

Jul 01, 2018 10:41 AM #25
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl

What an unfortunate lesson but thank goodness the tragedy was no worse than it was, and it was serious enough!! How scary to have that happening right across the street. Hopefully this will remind all who use propane tanks to store them carefully.


Jul 01, 2018 03:30 PM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've always been particularly fearful of fires. I was actually told by a psychic once (without mentioning my fears) that I died in a fire in a past life. How horrible for your neighbors!

On a lighter note:

Can't help but laugh when I saw directly under that photo of the tragic event your statement about photos:

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times. 

Jul 02, 2018 06:40 AM #27
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Wow!  Thanks for such a great reminder.  I hope the damage to the two homes was not that bad and that nobody was hurt.  Scary!

Jul 08, 2018 08:10 PM #28
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Myrl Jeffcoat By sharing this, you hopefully will be alerting others to the dangers. Good message to get out. Glad to see it featured in a couple of groups.

Now I want to hear about Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,  things going "Boom"

Jul 12, 2018 03:33 PM #29
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