7 Propane Prevention Tips: Your Easy Guide to Propane Safety

Propane is a versatile, cost effective and efficient energy source that can greatly benefit your home when used safely. This guide aims to provide you with useful, simple tips for a safe propane environment.

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Why Propane Safety Matters

Propane is a reliable and clean-burning fuel, but like any energy source, it requires proper handling and maintenance. By following these safety guidelines, you can enjoy the many benefits of propane without worry.

1. Keep Your Propane Tank in Top Condition

Maintaining your propane tank is essential for both safety and efficiency. Keep a clear area around your propane tanks and cylinders to ensure safe and efficient deliveries. A clear path to and around your propane tank allows your driver to conduct a safety check which they typically do during each delivery. These safety checks serve a dual purpose: they confirm the structural integrity of your tank and also verify that it maintains a safe propane level.


Keeping an adequate propane level in your tank is crucial to prevent issues such as rust buildup while also preventing the settling of ethyl mercaptan, the odorant added to propane to help with leak detection since propane on its own is odourless. Ethyl mercaptan has a rotten egg-like smell that becomes more potent in tanks with very low levels as the odorant settles to the bottom. The potent smell could be mistaken for a leak.

For added peace of mind, Superior Propane's Auto Delivery service automatically keeps your tank adequately filled so that you don’t have to monitor levels yourself. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, our mySUPERIOR™ app and portal allows you to check your propane levels and request refills. Either way, with Superior Propane, you're choosing a worry-free propane experience.


Did You Know?

Propane tanks are typically filled to a maximum of 70–80% to leave room for gas expansion.

2. Propane Leak Detection and Propane Supply

In emergency situations or if you suspect a propane leak, be sure you know how to safely shut off your propane supply. To do this, locate the service shut-off valve under the dome or lid on top of your tank. Turn the valve clockwise as far as possible to turn off the supply. It's a simple yet vital step that can keep you safe during an emergency.


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If you ever suspect a propane leak, characterized by a "rotten egg" smell due to the added odorant ethyl mercaptan, evacuate the area immediately and contact Customer Service at 1-87SUPERIOR (1-877-873-7467) for immediate assistance.

3. Equip Your Home for Propane Safety

Being prepared for emergencies is a crucial aspect of propane safety. This includes having fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors in key areas of your home. It's also advisable to have a well-practiced evacuation plan. Superior Propane's 24/7 emergency support ensures that professional help is just a phone call away, adding an extra layer of safety to your preparedness plans.


If you're a Superior Propane customer, you can also benefit from our SMART* Tank™ Monitoring via the mySUPERIORTM portal to check your propane tank levels, manage your account and propane deliveries, and more. Being prepared and having the right technology on your side ensures a safer, more secure propane experience.


Just as you take care to ensure you are safe and prepared for emergencies, it's equally important to be mindful of your propane tank's placement. For safety reasons, it's crucial to leave propane tanks where our professional installers have positioned them. Moving or improperly storing them can pose safety risks. By adhering to these guidelines, you're ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for all your outdoor propane activities.

4. Propane Appliance Safety and Manufacturer Guidelines in Canada

While Superior Propane experts focus on the safety and maintenance of your propane tanks, the responsibility for propane appliance safety is a shared endeavour. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for proper installation and usage of propane-powered appliances like furnaces, heaters, stoves, and grills. If you require propane appliance installation or servicing, check our Certified Partner Network.


Proper ventilation is crucial when using these appliances. Adequate airflow ensures efficient operation and minimizes the risk of carbon monoxide buildup. Always make sure that vents and air inlet ducts are clear and in good condition. Regular maintenance, as per manufacturer guidelines, is key to preventing malfunctions and potential hazards. If you ever suspect an issue, consult with licensed contractors for a thorough inspection.

5. Outdoor Propane Safety: Grills, Heaters, and More

Before using your propane grill, inspect the tubes for blockages as critters can build nests that cause obstructions. Check the fittings, flex hose, and burners for wear or rust, replacing them as needed. Always grill in a well-ventilated area and never leave the grill unattended.


For propane patio heaters, make sure they are placed on a stable surface away from flammable materials. Turn off the heater and disconnect the fuel source when not in use. 

6. Propane Safety During Power Outages: Be Prepared, Stay Safe

Power outages can happen unexpectedly, and propane can be a reliable alternative energy source when used safely in such situations. Ensure you have battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors and never use outdoor propane appliances indoors, as this can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup. Superior Propane's 24/7 emergency support is available to assist you, ensuring that you can safely navigate any power outage with propane as your backup energy source.

7. Renovate Safely: Protect Your Propane System During Home Improvements

If you're planning home renovations, landscaping, or installing fence posts, it's essential to safeguard your propane system. Contact Superior Propane at 1-87SUPERIOR (1-877-873-7467) before you start digging. We offer tailored advice and support based on your unique propane setup, ensuring that underground tubing or piping remains intact.


A rusty or unpainted tank can be a sign of wear and tear, which could compromise its integrity. If your tank shows these signs, contact Superior Propane for guidance on proper maintenance. Do not attempt to repaint the tank yourself, as this could violate safety guidelines.


Propane is a versatile and reliable energy source that when handled correctly is safe, efficient, reliable, and versatile for a variety of applications. From keeping your tank in top condition to knowing how to safely grill, these tips help you make the most out of your propane usage while prioritizing safety. 



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