By June 3, 2015Household

Propane cylinders with compressed gas

  • Properly secure the propane tank, if possible.
  • Turn off the gas supply valve at the tank.
  • Fasten the protective dome on the tank.
  • Turn off appliance pilot lights, control valves and manual shut-off valves.
  • Ensure there is an adequate supply of fuel in the tank.
  • Never store propane cylinders or containers inside any enclosed building.


  • Look for visible structural damage, including damaged external venting and vent caps.
  • Call your propane dealer or a qualified technician if:
  • You smell propane gas.
  • Your propane tank has shifted or moved.
  • The tank regulator has been exposed to water.
  • The gas lines are broken, bent, damaged or have pulled away from the propane tank or appliances.
  • Propane appliances or their controls have been exposed to water.
  • If you suspect that your tank has a leak.


  • Do not use a propane gas cylinder if it shows signs of external damage, such as dents, gouges, bulges, fire damage, corrosion, leakage or excessive rust.
  • Before grilling, make sure the propane cylinder is secured to the grill as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Always open the grill hood before lighting, and light according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never use gasoline or kerosene to start the fire.
  • Always grill in a well-ventilated area. Never grill indoors or close to the side of a building.
  • Use foil or a drip pan to catch juices and help avoid grease fires.
  • To see how much propane is left in your cylinder, run a wet finger down the side. The wet streak will evaporate faster over the empty part of the cylinder.