6/3/2005 - Propane Safety Tips


Propane Gas Grill and Range Safety Tips

Grill drawing

(Presented by the National Propane Gas Association)

Propane Grill Do's:

  • Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not bring propane cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage or basement.

  • Always follow all of the manufacturer's instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.

  • Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off. Keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.

  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and cooled off before covering your grill after use.

  • Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Store them outdoors away from sources of ignition.

  • When you have your cylinder refilled, have your supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks. 

  • After filling, take your cylinder home immediately. Keep your vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped. Do not leave the cylinder in your car. 

  • When your grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags, or obtain protective fitting caps from your propane supplier to keep out dirt, insects and moisture.

  • Before lighting your propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness. Contact your local propane gas supplier to obtain the leak-detection solution and instructions on how to use it. 

  • Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks.

  • If there is a significant and uncontrollable release of gas or a fire, call the fire department immediately and move all people and pets away from the unit.

Propane Grill Don'ts:

  • Do not smoke while handling the propane cylinder.

  • Do not leave the cylinder in your vehicle.

  • Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.

  • Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.

  • Do not use, store or transport your cylinder where it would be exposed to high temperatures. (This includes storing spare cylinders under or near the grill.)

Propane Gas Range Do's:

  • Follow the manufacturer's installation and operating instructions.

  • Have your unit serviced if the burner flame is not blue. The blue flame indicates complete combustion. A yellow flame means air inlets are clogged or burners need to be adjusted.

  • Keep pot handles turned inward.

  • Schedule regular preventive maintenance checks for your appliances.

  • Keep the range surface clean.

Propane Gas Range Don'ts:

  • Do not cover the oven bottom with foil - it can restrict air circulation.

  • Never use gas ranges for space heating.

  • Never allow children to turn the burner control knobs on your propane gas range.

  • Do not leave food simmering unattended.

  • Keep flammable materials away from burner flames.