Propane Safety Tips


Date: July 15th, 2011

When using propane, safety is a necessary element to keep the good times cooking.

Propane Facts

Propane Grilling

  • Propane gas comes from the refining of crude oil and natural gas. At normal pressure and temperatures above -44 degrees Fahrenheit, propane remains in its gaseous form. At lower temperatures and/or higher pressures, propane will become a liquid.
  • Propane gas is nontoxic and releases few harmful emissions into the environment when used properly.
  • Propane is naturally odorless and colorless. Manufacturers add a chemical compound to give the gas its unpleasant smell. This rotten-egg smell is to alert propane users of a potential leak or hazard.
  •  Propane is a widely used fuel that can power grills, heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, generators and more!

Safety Tips

  • Turn off the tank whenever it is not in use.Propane Tank
  • Keep flammable items away from your tank.
  • Inspect your tank monthly and replace the rubber hose as signs of wear appear.  Never attempt to patch a leaking tube.
  • Always store propane tanks outdoors in an upright position. Keep the tanks away from any heat source and direct sunlight - heat can cause the gas to expand within the tank.
  • When using propane, make sure the area is well ventilated. Propane gas is heavier than air. Because of this, propane can accumulate in low-lying areas such as basements, crawlspaces, and ditches.
  • When transporting the tank, always make sure to secure the tank in an upright position. Do not leave the tank in your trunk for an extended period.


If you smell propane, follow these steps:

Immediately extinguish any smoking materials and open flames. Electrical components should be turned off – including your cell phone. Lights, appliances or phones can spark and trigger a fire.  

If it is safe, turn off the supply valve on your propane tank. This is done by turning the valve to the right.

Leave the area! Alert people in the area or building to vacate the premises.

Report the leak to the local police or fire department. Telephone the authorities from a neighbor’s home or building near by.

Do not return to the house or building that the suspected leak is occurring until it is deemed safe by an emergency responder or certified technician.

Do not use the propane tank again until you have your tank inspected by a certified technician. If your tank has a leak, it needs to be replaced.

CountryMax sells new propane tanks or can refill, exchange, or upgrade your current tank.

If you have any further questions, email them to, or visit your local CountryMax store today!


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