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Propane Tank Safety

Updated: Oct 10, 2023



Propane Tank Safety
Propane Tank Safety

What Should You Do If You Smell Propane?


Propane Tank Leaks can be a major safety hazard so it is always good to know the below steps in the event that you smell propane.

  1. Extinguish all open flames and smoking materials immediately.

  2. If possible, turn off the valve on your residential propane tank by turning it to the right, or clockwise.

  3. If the odor worsens, cover the residential propane tank with a wet cloth, exit the area, and call 911 or your local fire department.

  4. Don't just reuse the propane tank. Instead, have a propane supplier inspect the tank to ensure it is safe for use.

Don't forget to turn off your propane tank when not in use. Keep any flammable items away from your propane tank as well.


How Can You Test a Propane Tank for Leaks?

To test a propane tank for leaks, you'll want to conduct a simple "bubble" test that consists of the following steps:

  1. Apply a layer of soapy water or a leak detector solution to the connection between the residential propane tank's cylinder valve and the regulator outlet.

  2. Open the cylinder valve slowly and check for bubbles.

  3. If you discover bubbles, close the cylinder valve, tighten the connection, and repeat the testing process. If bubbles continue to appear, it means there is a leak in the propane tank.

Contact your propane supplier if you identify a leaky residential propane tank. They can help you resolve the issue.

How Should You Handle a Propane Gas Appliance?

You should handle a propane gas appliance with care, and here are several tips to help you do just that:

  • Use Propane Grills Outside Only: Never use a propane grill indoors — without exception.

  • Avoid Space-Heating Propane Grills or Ovens: Although space-heating propane grills and ovens may seem like viable options at first, they can be dangerous.

  • Avoid Using Portable Electric Generators Indoors: Keep a portable electric generator outside of a building at all times.

  • Maintain Your Propane Gas Appliances: inspect old appliance connectors(over 20 years have qualified service technicians inspect for you), check appliance vents for blockage, ensure flue gases can flow easily outdoors, and never attempt to modify a propane gas appliance on your own.

If you have any questions in regard to your propane gas appliances, please contact your local propane appliance technician.


Propane tank safety extends beyond the tank itself and maintaining a proper, safe environment can help reduce the risk of something going wrong.


Source: Smart Touch Energy March 23, 2017

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