Propane Grill Safety

Propane Grill Do’s:

  • Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Always follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.
  • Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off and keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.
  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and completely cooled off before covering it after use.
  • Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Be sure to store them outdoors away from sources of ignition.
  • When you have your cylinder refilled, have your supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.
  • After filling, take your cylinder home immediately. While transporting, keep your vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped.
  • When your grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags, or obtain protective fitting caps from your propane supplier to keep out dirt, insects and moisture.
  • Before lighting your propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness. Contact your local propane gas supplier to obtain the leak-detection solution and instructions on how to use it.
  • If there is a significant and uncontrollable release of gas or fire, call the fire department immediately and move all people and pets away from the unit.

Propane Grill Dont’s:

  • Do not bring cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage.
  • Do not smoke while handling the propane cylinder.
  • Do not leave the cylinder in your vehicle.
  • Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.
  • Do not use, store or transport your cylinder where it would be exposed to high temperatures. This includes storing spare cylinders under or near the grill.

Important Propane Safety Information For Users of Small Cylinders

If You Smell Gas

  1. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
  2. If you are able to, safely turn off the cylinder valve. To close the valve. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  3. Immediately leave the area and call 911 or you local fire department.
  4. Before you restart the appliance, have technician inspect your cylinder and appliance.

Transporting small Cylinders

  • ALWAYS transport and store a cylinder in a secure and upright position so it will not fall, shift, or roll.
  • ALWAYS close the cylinder valve and if required, seal with a plug, even if the cylinder is empty. Ask your propane retailer if a plug is required.
  • NEVER keep a filled cylinder inside a hot vehicle or transport it inside a closed truck.
  • ALWAYS place the cylinder in a well-ventilated area of the vehicle.
  • ALWAYS proceed directly to your destination and immediately remove the cylinder from your vehicle.
  • The law places limits on the number of cylinders and amount of propane that can be transported in closed bodied vehicles such as passenger cars and vans. Ask your propane retailer for more information on state and local codes that apply to you.

Storing Small Cylinders

  • NEVER store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.
  • NEVER store or place a propane cylinder in an area of excessive heat (120 degrees or higher or near a stove, fireplace, or other heat source. The heat builds up pressure inside the cylinder, which may cause the pressure relief valve to release propane. Flash fires or explosions can result from exposing cylinders to heat.
  • NEVER store or place a spare cylinder under or near a barbecue grill.
  • DO NOT smoke or have any ignition sources such as flames or spark-producing electrical tools in the area while handling or transporting cylinders.

Tampering With / Repair of Small Cylinders or Outdoor Appliances

Do not under any circumstances try to modify or repair valves, regulators, or other cylinder or appliance parts.

Propane cylinders incorporate special components such as valve, connections, and other parts to keep them safe for use with grills and other propane appliances. Damage to any components can cause a gas leak.

DON’T RISK IT! Call your propane retailer “Universal Propane” or a qualified service technician for assistance.

Testing for propane leaks

It is important to inspect your cylinder and outdoor gas appliances for leaks. Do this before using them for the first time each season, as well as on a regular basis. This can be accomplished with a simple “bubble” test:

  1. Apply leak detector solution or thick soapy water to the connection(s) between the cylinder valve and the regulator outlet.
  2. Slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles.
  3. If bubbles appear, close the cylinder valve, tighten the connection, and repeat the process. If bubbles still appear, call you propane retailer “Universal Propane” immediately.

Propane System Safety

Running out of gas

don’t run out of gas, serious safety hazards, including fire or explosion, can result.

  • If an appliance valve or a gas line is left open when the propane supply out, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane.
  • Air and moisture could get into an empty or depleted storage tank, which can cause rust build-up inside the tank. Rust can decrease the concentration of the odor of propane, making it harder smell.
  • If you propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.
  • A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED. In many states. A propane retailer or a qualified service technician must perform a leak check of your propane system before turning on the gas.
  • SET UP REGULAR DELIVERY. Establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer. Also, periodically check the fuel gauge on your propane tank. If the fuel level drops below 20%, call your propane retailer.

Lighting Pilot Lights

It is strongly recommended that a qualified service technician light any pilot light that has gone out.

WHAT IS A PILOT LIGHT? Many propane appliances may have a pilot light – a small, constantly burning flame inside the appliance. (Appliances without a pilot light often have electronic ignition instead.) If your appliance has a pilot light, it is an important safety feature. The pilot light ignites the main burner when needed.

WHEN A PILOT LIGHT GOES OUT. A pilot light that repeatedly goes out – or is very difficult to light – may be a signaling that there is a problem with the appliance or with your propane system. If this occurs, do not try to fix the problem yourself. Contact a qualified service technician to evaluate the appliance. Accidents and serious injuries can occur when customers attempt to fix a pilot problem on their own.

If you light a pliot light yourself, you are taking the risk of starting a fire or an explosion, many serious injuries occur whrn lpeople attemt to light pilot light. proceed with great caution.

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