Propane Cylinder Safety
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Even More Safety Tips
Follow these safety tips to keep propane a clean, portable and safe fuel.
Transporting Propane Tanks
- Keep valves closed and insert safety plugs, even when empty.
- Always stand them upright in a well-ventilated area.
- Always set them down gently.
- Always secure them when transporting in vehicles.
- Try storing them in plastic milk crates.
- Never leave them in a vehicle for extended periods of time.
- Keep them away from heat or flame.
When Using a Propane Tank
- Place and secure it on a firm base, away from excessive heat.
- When connecting your propane cylinder, note that the cylinder-valve connection has a left-hand thread. This can only be used with appliances approved for propane.
- After you have connected the cylinder, check for leaks. Use soapy water or a leak detector.
- Fully open the cylinder valve so that it operates properly.
- Always use a pressure-reducing regulator.
- Do not let the propane cylinder get too hot as the pressure will rise.
When Not Using a Propane Tan
- Close the valve tightly, even when the tank is empty. Insert the safety plug.
- Protect the valve as broken valves can leak.
- Store the cylinder in a secure, upright position away from open flames or excessive heat.
- Store the cylinder outdoors in a well-ventilated area when not in use.
Source: City of Ottawa