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Spring Propane Safety Tips

Enjoy the benefits of propane safely

propane tank refill mainePropane is known as a versatile, efficient fuel and that versatility extends to the outdoors.

You know that propane is great for grilling thanks to its speed and ease of use. It can also heat your pool or spa more efficiently and dramatically faster than electricity. Propane can make your backyard comfortable and welcoming with propane fire pits, fireplaces, and deck and patio heaters.

To enjoy all of this, you need to know how to use propane safely. We’ve put together important information and tips for you to do that.

Grill with propane safely

  • Regularly clean your propane grill, not just the grates. One in five grill fires is caused by grease remaining in the grill after use.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher nearby when grilling.
  • Set up the grill on a flat, level surface with at least five feet of clearance from the house, outdoor furniture, trees, shrubs, and other combustibles. The grill also should be at least 10 feet away from any air intakes for the house.
  • Keep kids and pets away from the grill. 
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.  
  • If the starter breaks, don’t use your grill. Consider purchasing a grill with an automatic starter.
  • Never use your propane BBQ grill indoors or in an area with limited ventilation, such as a garage or carport. Carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly odorless and colorless gas, can build up to dangerous levels. It’s also a fire hazard.

Propane cylinder safety tips

Propane cylinders should never be kept indoors or in a garage, shed, carport, sunporch, or other similar enclosure. They should be kept outside in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight and on a dry surface. The cylinder may rust if it is on wet ground.

Propane tanks should be kept at least 10 feet from sources of heat, such as flames or spark-producing equipment like your grill.

When exchanging your propane cylinders, keep them upright. Even if you believe a cylinder is empty, if it’s on its side, it may still contain enough liquid propane to leak.

Don’t leave a cylinder in your car for long, especially if it’s hot outside. It’s best to go directly to and from your cylinder exchange or refill. If you can’t, make the cylinder exchange or fill the last stop before returning home.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.