Tips for safe propane use and storage

It’s grilling season and chances are your BBQ needs propane to keep the sizzle going. Read on to learn more about BBQ propane safety.


  1. Keep your BBQ in tip-top shape. A lot can happen over the winter like hose breakage and valve leaks. Carefully inspect every part before securing the tank well and turning the gas on.
  2. Only use your BBQ in a well-ventilated area and keep a one-meter radius around it free of obstructions. When in use, never leave unattended. When finished, turn the tank off before the burners so the remaining gas in the lines can burn off. This can help prevent a flash the next time the BBQ is in use.
  3. It’s always a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher handy when a source of fire is present. Make sure your fire extinguisher is easily accessible and in good working order. Learn more about proper fire extinguisher use.
  4. To make a propane leak easier to detect, propane companies add an additive to create an unpleasant odour similar to rotten eggs. If you detect it, immediately shut off supply, stop using the appliance in question, and clear the area.
  5. When using a BBQ outdoors in a well-ventilated area, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is low, but not entirely eliminated. Learn to recognize the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and take appropriate action.
  6. Store propane tanks in an upright position, in a spot where they are unlikely to be knocked or bumped.
  7. Have your tank filled by a qualified individual. Regularly inspect your tank for any damage. When it is time for a new one make sure to take the tank to an appropriate facility for recycling.

The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as professional or expert advice.