Propane tank safety tips for outdoor grilling
At RapidXchange, SAFETY is always priority number one.
When you purchase a propane tank from our RapidXchange centers, you can rest easy knowing it has been through our rigorous 12-Step Refurbishing Process, which includes our triple-check process for locating propane gas leaks.
Propane Tank Safety Tips:
- Always follow your grill manufacturer’s instructions and keep printed safety materials accessible.
- When you’re lighting the grill, always make sure the grill top is open.
- To ensure proper propane tank safety storage, always keep cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position.
- When you refill a cylinder, make sure the supplier checks for dents, damage, rust or propane gas leaks.
- Before connecting or lighting a propane gas grill, use a leak-detection solution (available from your propane retailer) to check for leaky connectors. NEVER use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
- After filling or exchanging your tank, take the cylinder home immediately. Always transport your tank with your vehicle well ventilated, and make sure the cylinder valve is closed and capped.
- If you find an uncontrollable gas leak, call the fire department immediately.
- When not in use, always turn off controls and close cylinder valves.
- When not in use, cover disconnected hose fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep them clean.
- Avoid storing a propane cylinder in an enclosed area (such as a garage) or a confined space (such as inside your car while shopping) for an extended period of time. Instead, keep your cylinder in a well-ventilated area – preferably outdoors. When transporting your tank, plan your trip so that exchanging your cylinder is the last thing you do before going home.
- NEVER use, store or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
- NEVER allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.
- NEVER smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
For more information, visit the Safe Grilling Tips Page of the Propane Clean American Energy website.