Safety Tips for Using Propane

Safety Tips for Using Propane
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With today’s propane cylinder safety valves, propane will no longer flow out of a cylinder simply by opening the hand wheel. Remember these tips:

Step 1: Make sure the cylinder service valve hand wheel is turned OFF (to the right) completely before connecting to your grill or other appliance.
Step 2: Check that the fitting that connects to the cylinder service valve is hand-tight on the cylinder valve before opening the valve hand wheel.
Step 3: If you do not have gas flowing to your grill, turn off your grill AND the cylinder service valve hand wheel, disconnect the fitting from the cylinder valve and repeat Steps 1 and 2.  Be sure to follow any manufacturers’ instructions for the appliance and follow all precautions.

We adhere to the National Safety Guidelines and recommend to our customers that they understand the proper use and transportation of propane. If they follow these guidelines they can feel safe using propane that is purchased from Amerigas in cylinder exchange program.

Propane is flammable and hazardous if handled improperly.

  • Please read and understand the cylinder warning label before using AmeriGas Cylinder

Exchange Propane Cylinder Transportation

  • Transport cylinder in an upright and secure position. Never allow cylinder to be bounced around.
  • No smoking is allowed in the vehicle in which the cylinder is being transported.
  • The maximum number of cylinders that can be transported is four (4).
  • Remove the cylinder from the vehicle as soon as possible after transporting.

Propane Cylinder Storage and Use

  • Store cylinder outdoors in shaded area.
  • Do not let cylinder get hot or pressure will rise.
  • Store cylinder away from flame and heat.
  • Close valve tightly and insert safety plug when not in use, even if cylinder is empty.
  • Use only on appliances and grills approved for propane.
  • Check cylinder and line connections periodically to be sure that they are tight.
  • Check for leaks using detergent or soapy water – never use a match or flame.

Propane Cylinder Warning Label



  • Know the odor of LP-Gas. If you hear, see or smell leaking LP-Gas, immediately get everyone away from the cylinder and call the Fire Department. Do not attempt repairs.
  • Caution your LP-Gas supplier to:
  • Be certain cylinder is purged of trapped air prior to first filling. Be certain not to overfill the cylinder. Be certain cylinder re-qualification date is checked.
  • LP-Gas is heavier than air and may settle in low places while dissipating.
  • Contact with the liquid contents of cylinder will cause freeze burns to the skin.
  • Do not allow children to tamper or play with cylinder.
  • When not connected for use, keep cylinder valve turned off. Self contained outdoor cooking appliances shall be limited to a cylinder of 20 lb. capacity or less.
  • Do not use, store or transport cylinder where it would be exposed to high temperatures. Relief valve may open allowing a large amount of flammable gas to escape.
  • When transporting, keep cylinder secured in an upright position with cylinder valve turned off.


  • Use only in compliance with applicable codes.
  • Read and follow manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Consult manufacturers’ instructions concerning the cylinder connection provided with
    your appliance.
  • Be sure regulator vent is not pointing up.
  • Turn off all valves on the appliance.
  • Do not check for gas leaks with a match or open flame. Apply soapy water at areas marked “X” on the diagram on the cylinder warning label. Open cylinder valve. If bubble appears, close valve and have LP-Gas service person make needed repairs. Also check appliance valves and connections to make sure they do not leak before lighting appliance.
  • Light appliance(s) following manufacturers’ instructions.
  • When appliance is not in use, keep cylinder valve closed.


  • Store and use cylinder in upright, vertical position.

28 thoughts on “Safety Tips for Using Propane

  1. Really noting new in this post. Basically just a cut and paste job of the National Safety Guidelines.

    Nice plug for Amerigas. Glad they are a sponsor. Next time I suggest that the “article” not be such a blatant ad.

  2. Hmmm, Hank Hill on King of the Hill is in the propane and propane accessories game was wondering if he left Strickland Propane to go to Amerigas. Or is this some sort of ironic coincedence? LOL

  3. Barry, please tell your friends at AmeriGas to tighten the hand knob before shipping. I have found a LOT of poorly filled cylinders, and on each one, the knob was loose…

    1. ture enough, but this happens all the time, and not just to Amerigas tank. but other suppliers also.Just got a tank at Lowes the supplier tank was barely closed.

  4. This article is simply an ad for Amerigas – nothing here that is not general knowledge to propane users. Come on Char Broil you can certainly do better than this.

  5. During transport, I use a milk carton. Cylinder fit inside perfect. Securing the carton in the vehicle is a lot easier.

    1. LP ie; natural gas has no odor,suppliers add capstain, at least I think that is the way that is spelled.They do that as a safty,so that you can smell it.

  6. What do you do when you continue to get low flow from a newly refilled propane bottle? I usually have to change out the cylinder with a new full one WHY? Don’t understand this time to time problem very time consuming and can hamper a good cookout, This has been a major issue ever since the gas industry went to this new safety control device. HELP

  7. When I turn on my grill knob to 3/4 position I get the largest flame possible from my unit. If I turn it fully open, I hear more pressure forcing more propane from the tank. My question is: Am I wasting propane if I turn the knob to full open and not get any larger flame?

  8. I have found out when this happens you have a vapor lock turn off gas unscrew line and on the fitting there is the valve pin push it in against edge of thank and that will expel the vapor lock reconnect and wa la problem solved vapor lock caused by improper shut down turn off tank first and let excess gas burn off then shut off burner valves
    This is the big kahoona

  9. my question is how do I tell how much gas is left in the tank ? I don’t want to run out while I’m preparing for that big Saturday night feed

    when I’m cleaning my Char-Broiler the decals washed off can you send me new ones or do I cook by sight

    1. The best way to tell how much gas is in your tank is by taking a cup of warm water and then pouring it onto the propane tank. Feel up to where the tank is still cold and that is how much propane is in your tank… I will be emailing you about the control panel on your grill so that we can get it replaced. – Dustin

    2. I can address the gas issue. Several years ago about 20 members of the Char-Broil LIVE Community Forums posted their tests on various methods of determining the answer to your question: “How can I tell how much gas remains in the propane tank?”

      The consensus of opinion was “by weight.”

      You purchase gas by weight – not volume. If you’ve ever purchased propane at a refill station you will see the meter reading by weight. Generally about 4.5 lbs is a “full tank” to allow for expansion with any heat (aren’t you glad they don’t charge by volume?)

      There are several accessories out there that weigh the tank. The members of the forum liked Grill Gauge if I remember correctly. This is not a Char-Broil product. I have one and use it. Barry CB Martin

  10. I have the same problem as Neal – decals are almost gone. It would be
    nice if Char-Broil could just send a new decal set. If not, I may have
    to resort to an old fashioned label maker, or maybe just paint on/off
    on the gril.


  11. I have same issue with decals and since this is obviously a workmanship/design flaw issue it would be nice if Char-Broil offered some resolution.

    1. I apologize for the issues you have encountered with your grill. I will email you so that I can investigate this and get the decals replaced. – Dustin

  12. I have had my ‘Big Red’ grill for 2 years now. The decals washed off after a short while, and after contacting CB, they sent new stainless panels, not new decals, as I believe the originals are painted on, not decals.
    Well, the panels did arrive, but are still in the box, as it would take the better part of a day to pull apart the originals and reinstall the new ones, just for some info that will wash off in a few months.

    Instead of waisting time with the knob instructions, better to think about how you will be feeling about the whole ‘infrared experience’ when you have to replace the troughs for $50-a-pop when they burn through, and the food drips directly onto the burners, causing HUGE flare-ups! …and damaging the burners at $12.95-a-pop! …plus $17 s/h.

    Then when the new stuff is delivered and you go to unscrew the 4 screws holding each burner, you find that the old ones disintegrate, and you have to drill them out with screw-remover tools!

    FYI, the ‘stainless steel’ used throughout the product is a low-grade stainless, probably grade 304, the most commonly used grade. (
    Well, …IT RUSTS! To avoid rusting, they would have to use the 316 grade, but that would raise the cost of manufacture about 20%! (more expensive material, a little more difficult to process)

    CB’s response to my complaints is to clean the troughs very often (I do) and to keep the unit covered (I don’t! Cover is very heavy and can’t be used until the unit is completely cooled down. My previous grill was an MPH-WNK, and I had a cover that was actually lined with fiberglass, and I could put it on immediately after I shut off the burners!! The outer material was a heavy Naugahyde that I ‘Son-of-a-Gunned’ about 3 times a year, and it, as well as the MPH lasted close to 25 years, replacing the burner every 3 years or so.

    1. I apologize for the issues you have encountered with your grill. The decals are screen printed onto the control panels and in order for us to replace the decals the control panels must be replaced. The replacement decals should not have any issue. We recommend using warm soapy water to clean them. Please let us know if there is a continued issue with these parts.

      It sounds like the troughs in your grill were being cleaned pretty often. How were they cleaned? Were the troughs ever seasoned? Seasoning the troughs will provide a protective layer that will help to keep food from sticking to them and also prolong their lifetime.

      Stainless Steel does have the potential to rust, but with routine care and maintenance this can be prevented. We value all of our customers and want to make sure that our products are not only functional, but also affordable. Please make sure to check on the warranty durations of the parts in your grill to ensure that you are taking full advantage of this. For any other questions or for further information please give us a call and one of our knowledgeable grill service specialists will be more than happy to assist you. Our phone number is 1-800-241-7548. -Dustin

    1. Please give our knowledgeable grill service specialists a call at 1-800-241-7548 and we will be more than happy to troubleshoot and investigate this issue. – Dustin

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