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Ask the Propane Safety Expert

Cade Clark

Q: What can you tell me about handling portable propane cylinders for my grill?

A: Here are four tips:

ALWAYS store or place a propane cylinder outdoors and in an open area, and not in a basement, garage, shed or tent.

ALWAYS avoid storing a cylinder near a stove, fireplace, or other heat source. This is also why you should not store a spare cylinder under or near your barbecue grill.

ALWAYS make sure your cylinder does not come into contact with ignition sources such as flames or sparkproducing electrical tools.

ALWAYS leave the care and repair of a cylinder in the hands of a skilled propane professional. You should not make any attempt to modify or repair valves, regulators, or other cylinder or appliance parts.