Safety Tips for Using Small Propane Tanks and Gas Grills

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I was refilling my propane gas tank this week and with summer just around the corner realized it was a good time to think about safety when using propane gas tanks.

Safety Tips for Using Small Propane Tanks and Gas Grills

Propane grills are a popular choice for outdoor cooking due to their convenience and efficiency. I love mine and how quickly I can get a meal ready. However, ensuring safety while using small propane tanks and gas grills is essential to prevent accidents and enjoy your grilling experience. I hope this article will guide you through the best practices for safety using your propane grill.

1. Proper Storage and Handling of Propane Tanks

Storage Tips:

  • Store Tanks Outdoors: Always store propane tanks in a well-ventilated outdoor area. Never keep them indoors, in garages, or in enclosed spaces. A lot of people store their spare tanks in their garages or sheds, not a good idea.
  • Avoid Heat Sources: Keep tanks away from direct sunlight, heat sources, or areas with high temperatures to prevent pressure buildup.
  • Upright Position: Store tanks in an upright position to ensure the safety valve functions correctly.

Handling Tips:

  • Inspect for Leaks: Regularly check your propane tank for leaks by applying soapy water to the connections. Bubbles indicate a leak.
  • Secure Transport: When transporting, secure the tank in an upright position in your vehicle. Ensure the valve is closed even when empty and the tank is not exposed to excessive heat.

2. Setting Up Your Gas Grill

Before Lighting the Grill:

  • Check Connections: Inspect the hose and connections for cracks, leaks, or damage. Replace if necessary.
  • Open Lid: Always open the grill lid before lighting to prevent gas buildup, which can cause an explosion.
  • Follow Manufacturer Instructions: Adhere to the setup and lighting instructions provided by the grill manufacturer.

Lighting the Grill:

  • Turn on Gas Supply: Open the propane tank valve slowly to allow gas flow.
  • Ignite Burner: Use the grill’s ignition system or a long match to light the burner. Keep your face and body away from the grill when lighting.

3. Safe Grilling Practices

While Cooking:

  • Stay Attentive: Never leave the grill unattended while in use. Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Use Grill Tools: Utilize long-handled tools to keep your hands safe from the heat.
  • Avoid Flammable Materials: Keep flammable materials, such as paper towels or cooking spray, away from the grill.

After Cooking:

  • Turn Off Gas Supply: Close the propane tank valve first, then turn off the burners to prevent gas from being trapped in the hose. I was taught this several years ago and have followed this technique religiously since then. 
  • Clean the Grill: Regularly clean the grill to prevent grease buildup, which can cause flare-ups. A major cause of fires with gas grills are grease fires. Simply clean your grill regularly.

4. Maintenance and Inspection

Regular Checks:

  • Inspect Hoses and Connections: Look for signs of wear or damage and replace parts as needed.
  • Check for Obstructions: Ensure that burners are free from blockages that could affect gas flow. Cleaning the grill helps to avoid this.

Professional Servicing:

  • Annual Servicing: Have your grill serviced by a professional annually to ensure it remains in good working condition.
  • Replace Old Equipment: Consider replacing old grills and propane tanks to avoid the risk of malfunction due to aging equipment. With the option to exchange your tank at many places this may help to keep your tank in a good condition, just check that what you are getting back is not deteriorated.


Cooking out is a fun experience and a great time to be with family. By following these safety tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable grilling experience. Always prioritize safety when using propane tanks and gas grills to protect yourself and those around you.

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Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are really good tips!  I haven't used my outdoor grill in a very long time, I wonder if the propane tanks for it would even work, haha.

Jun 19, 2024 05:49 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

All safe practices for a successful bbq, also, a gas grill does not need starter fluid.

Jun 19, 2024 06:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nick and I just ran out of propane last night and on my list to refill this week (today)  Great information, can I reblog it?


Jun 19, 2024 08:28 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Sure you can 

Jun 19, 2024 08:30 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Laura Cerrano I have had a gas grill catch fire due to grease before, not fun.

Wayne Martin it is important to check what you are getting back definitely.

Kat Palmiotti I love the convenience of gas, but the smell of charcoal in our neighborhood makes me wish for a charcoal grill every time. Something special about it.

Nina Hollander, Broker you don't know what you are missing, so much fun cooking outside alfresco

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I love cooking out, even in the snow.

Jun 19, 2024 12:05 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Michael Elliott the new grills have so many bells and whistles nowadays and burn much hotter than older grills.

Brian England I would check for leaks first, and be careful first time you light it again.

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 but they do sometimes require a starter lighter.

Will Hamm mine has a measuring thing that the tank hangs on to give you warning. But it is not really accurate and I ran out in the midst of cooking the other night. Even with two tanks, I should have filled the spare when the other one was getting low.

Jun 19, 2024 12:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, those grills and propane tanks can be very dangerous.   Some insurance companies are requiring them NOT to next to your home, and not under a covered patio.

Jun 19, 2024 04:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nick- these are all great tips, especially now that many more will be outdoors using their grills. We use ours at least once a week and it came in handy when we lost power. Wayne Martin made an excellent point. Most of us exchange tanks when we refill them so we need to inspect them when we do. 

Jun 19, 2024 06:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great advice Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  I have not had an outdoor grill going on 10 years and I am fine with it, Endre

Jun 19, 2024 10:34 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Joan Cox that is interesting, it is surprising how many people store them inside when that  is known as a no-no.

Kathy Streib I love cooking outside, and yes you need to inspect each tank you take in exchange.

Endre Barath, Jr. well I know it doesn't hold you back creating any wonderful dishes. I will be using mine probably today and definitely this weekend.

Jun 20, 2024 05:27 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Many years ago I tried to put together my first gas grill . There were over 50 steps to do so . I use the picture on the Box to put it together. But I had 5 leftover parts when I thought I was done . Lucky for me it wouldn’t Ignite. It had to be taken apart to correct my lack of patience (lol)……

Jun 20, 2024 06:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share. Let's have a safe summer.

Keep cool and have a great day!

Jun 21, 2024 05:47 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Michael J. Perry I have put together one grill, and taken apart several others to replace parts, so I know your frustration.

Roy Kelley can never be too safe.

Jun 21, 2024 06:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I shared this post on X and scheduled a reblog. Take care and be safe.

Jun 21, 2024 06:05 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Thanks Roy Kelley 

Jun 21, 2024 06:06 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 these are very valuable helpful list of safety tips for using small propane tanks and gas grills.

Jun 22, 2024 02:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 22, 2024 06:52 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I use my gas grill several times a week, all Summer long, and these are good safety tips.

Jun 22, 2024 06:53 PM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It’s a great post. Thank you for sharing!


Have a super fantastic week!

Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Jun 24, 2024 10:27 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

John Pusa thank you for stopping by.

Kathy Streib I am always appreciative when you feature a post, thank you.

George Souto I was cleaning my grill on Saturday as we had people coming over and I knew I would be cooking lots of food.

Joe Jackson thank you, just trying to stay cool.

Jun 24, 2024 01:01 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post and excellent safety tips, Nick!  This reminded me of a repair I had to have done on a completed fire pit.  The contractor improperly installed the wrong line from the firepit to my propane tank.   There was no aerator and 30 lbs of pressure was hitting a small valve.  When I lit it, the flames roared up about 8 feet!  He also included the wrong built-in parts for the fire portion of the firepit.  After $1800 it's fixed properly, but thanks to your post I now see I'm not supposed to leave a propane tank sitting outside in 100+ degree temps.  The tank is empty, but it would be smart to put it in the shade till I replace it this fall  I read (from another source) that I need to cover it to cool it down before moving it.  THANK YOU!

Jun 24, 2024 03:35 PM