PHOENIX, June 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As friends and families prepare to celebrate Independence Day and fire up their BBQ grills this weekend, more than 1,100 U-Haul® facilities are providing free safety inspections and qualification checks on all propane cylinders to ensure your gathering goes smoothly.
Propane sales traditionally spike prior to July 4, one of the busiest days for food preparation using the clean-burning fuel. In anticipation of Independence Day and the expected surge in people refilling or topping off their tanks, U-Haul is asking customers to take advantage of free tank inspections by a propane-certified professional at any of its Company-owned stores where propane is sold.
"Safety always comes first, and at U-Haul we want folks to enjoy their holiday wisely," stated Dwight Farr, U-Haul propane program manager. "We're offering to check the qualification date on each cylinder, examine the valve for leaks, and inspect the tank for dents, cracks, gouges and rust."
Farr estimates that as many as 7 million 20-pound propane tanks commonly used for BBQ grills enter the U.S. market annually. A large number of these tanks lapse in qualification each year and cannot be legally filled without inspection and requalification.
Propane tanks are qualified for 12 years from the original manufactured date, which may be stamped on the tank's collar or foot. Customers have two options if qualification has lapsed:
U-Haul began selling propane in 1984 and became the largest U.S. retailer by 1987. Today, U-Haul safely supplies propane to thousands of customers daily across the U.S. and Canada.
"Propane is a safe, clean-burning energy source and we want to ensure customers are handling it correctly," Farr added. "There has been a high demand for propane as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With more people staying home and enjoying their backyards, that means more use of propane and more safety inspections. We invite everyone to take advantage of the free inspection before they break out the grill and start celebrating."
Propane is the focus of several U-Haul sustainability initiatives. The Company continues to grow its propane Autogas locations to service alternative-fuel vehicles, and champions green products like the 1-pound reusable propane cylinder, a safer and more responsible option to disposable tanks. Visit uhaul.com/about/sustainability to learn more about U-Haul ecofriendly practices.
As an essential service provider, U-Haul continues to serve communities during the COVID-19 recovery while offering contactless business programs and enhanced cleaning protocols, including added steps for sanitizing equipment between customer transactions. U-Haul products are used daily by First Responders; delivery companies bringing needed supplies to people's homes; small businesses trying to remain afloat; college students; and many other dependent groups, in addition to the do-it-yourself household mover.
Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of more than 23,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers secure access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the customer dispatch option on their smartphones and our proprietary Live Verify technology. Our customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 176,000 trucks, 126,000 trailers and 46,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 812,000 rentable storage units and 70.5 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S., and continues to be the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. U-Haul has been recognized repeatedly as a leading "Best for Vets" employer and was recently named one of the 15 Healthiest Workplaces in America.
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