Propane tank overfilling prevention device (OPD) is a safety device incorporated on propane tanks into the filling valve that shuts off the flow of gas to a cylinder after 80% tank capacity has been reached. This porpane tank overfilling device, limits the potential for release of propane gas when the propane tank cylinder is heated, hopefully preventing an explosion, fire or possible injury or death. As of April 1, 2002, Propane tank overfilling prevention device (OPD) are required on all propane tanks between 4 lbs and 40 lbs. of propane capacity. Propane cylinders, between 4-40 lbs manufactured after September 30, 1998, were required to have an overfilling prevention device (OPD). A typical outdoor gas grill propane tank / cylinder holds about 20 pounds of propane. Newer propane tanks /cylinders with OPDs can be easily identified by a triangular hand-wheel, rather than a round one. After April 1, 2002, propane tank cylinders not equipped with an OPD, must be retrofitted with the device before the propane tank can be refilled. Propane Gas Tank Explosion & Fire Lawsuits If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries, burns or a loved one has been killed as a result of a propane tank cylinder explosion, then you need to have the accident facts investigated to determine if the propane tank contained tank overfilling prevention device (OPD). If the propane tank was sold or refilled after April 1, 2220 and the tank was not retrofitted as the law requires, then propane supplier may have been negligent or at fault. Additionally in some cases a defective product or appliance such as a outdoor grill, stove, heater, tank, line or valve may be to blame. If so, a full accident investigation will be needed to document the fire / explosion scene and preserve the evidence. Call the Willis Law Firm for Help. Mr. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer that is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed in Texas and in New York. Nationwide Help is Available. Call Now for a Free Confidential Consultation at 1-800-883-9858.
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