Propane Gas Grill Safety Tips

Danny Lipford grilling on a gas grill.
Danny Lipford grilling on a gas grill.

With summer in full swing, it’s important to keep a few safety tips in mind when using a gas grill:

  • Grill outside in an open area away from the house.
  • Don’t store a propane tank in an enclosed area.
  • Come straight home after having a tank filled, and remove it from the car immediately.
  • Don’t use a tank that is dented, rusted, or otherwise damaged.
  • Never buy or accept an exchanged tank if the brass valve has turned a blue or green color.
  • Turn off the burners and close the cylinder valve after each use.
  • Keep an ABC rated fire extinguisher, bucket of sand, or garden hose handy in case of fire.
  • If a gas grill goes out or doesn’t light, turn it off, open the lid and wait at least 5 minutes before trying again.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.


  1. I agree that it’s important to avoid using a propane tank that’s dented, rusted, or damaged to ensure your safety. My plan is to have propane gas delivered to our house. We’ll have a barbecue party soon, so I want to make sure that our propane task that has not been used for a long time is still reliable.


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