Propane Cylinder Safety

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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