Safety Tips For Using Propane Cylinders

Know How To Use And Transport Cylinders Properly

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As the weather continues to get warmer here in Greater Pittsburgh, we’re spending more and more time outside.

And even if the temperatures remain chilly, there’s one item that can lend some immediate assistance. Propane cylinders can be used in a lot of ways to make your backyard a place to enjoy with family and friends! The first one you probably think of is your propane grill. But beyond that, propane cylinders also run firepits, outdoor fireplaces, insect traps, and more!

ProGas makes it easy for you to have propane for your grill, fire pit, or other outdoor propane appliances. You can find fresh, safe, full cylinders at one of our Propane Express propane cylinder exchange locations or enjoy the ease and convenience of our propane cylinder home delivery service.

Safety First!

Don’t let an accident ruin your warm-weather fun. Read on to learn more about how to use propane cylinders safely.

  • Always follow your outdoor propane appliance manufacturer’s instructions and keep printed safety materials accessible.
  • Make sure the grill top is open when lighting the grill
  • ALWAYS keep cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position.
  • If you find an uncontrollable gas leak, get everyone away from the area and call 911 IMMEDIATELY.
  • ALWAYS turn off controls and close cylinder valves when done using your grill and cover disconnected hose fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep them clean.
  • NEVER store propane cylinders indoors, in your car, or in your garage, shed, or carport.
  • When exchanging your cylinder, plan your trip so that it is the last thing you do before going home. Do not leave your cylinder in your car for long periods, especially in hot weather.
  • ALWAYS keep your cylinder upright when transporting, whether it’s empty or full.
  • NEVER store spare cylinders, empty or full, near outdoor propane appliances or other flammable materials.
  • NEVER smoke while handling a propane cylinder.

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) created a video to help you learn all about the safe handling and use of propane cylinders. Have questions? Feel free to get in touch with us.

Don’t Forget Your Grill!

As you’re getting your grill ready for Memorial Day weekend and the start of the grilling season, thoroughly inspect it and make sure it’s safe to operate.

First, run a leak test. Coat the hoses, valves, and regulator with soapy water, then turn on the propane cylinder. Any bubbles are a sign of a propane leak. Tighten connections and run the test again. Replace the hoses or tank if bubbles still appear.

During winter, spiders enjoy the warm refuge of your grill’s venturi tubes, which provide the gas to the burners. The spiders’ homes there can create blockages in the tubes. Use a bottle brush to clean out the tubes. Reconnect everything, but leave the grates off, and turn on the grill and look for uneven flames or spots where there is no flame. Let the grill cool and use a paper clip to remove blockages in those areas.

Be ready for grilling season with our Propane Express cylinder exchange and convenient propane cylinder home delivery! ProGas is here to help.