Propane CylinderS Safety

Ensure the Safe Use and Storage of Propane Cylinders

When it comes to propane, Canada has strictly enforced safety regulations. And at Superior Propane, we take safety just as seriously.

Learn about the safety of propane tanks and review our helpful propane cylinder safety tips to keep your family, friends, and communities safe.

In Ontario, Superior Propane’s 10 Year Inspection Program ensures total compliance of your propane equipment with Ontario regulatory requirements. Every 10 years, a licensed technician will inspect everything from your propane tank to your appliances. Learn more
Closeup of the top of a propane barbeque cylinder.
  • Disconnect cylinders and plug or cap all outlets before you go.
  • Always carry the propane cylinder in an upright position with the safety valve on top.
  • Never put a propane cylinder in a closed vehicle. The floor of the passenger compartment is ideal, but if you put it in the trunk, block the trunk lid open.
  • Secure the cylinder in the upright position so it can't tip over while you're driving.
  • When it’s inside the passenger compartment have all the windows open.
  • Never leave a cylinder in a parked vehicle with the windows up. Heat builds up quickly and could cause an explosive release of propane in the vehicle.
  • Never smoke while handling a propane cylinder.

Filling and Handling Cylinders

  • Only a qualified person may fill your cylinder. It is illegal for an attendant to fill an outdated cylinder or to fill a cylinder beyond 80 per cent capacity.
  • All cylinders must be inspected and re-qualified or replaced every 10 years. A date stamp on the collar of the cylinder indicates when it was last qualified.
  • Check your tank closely. If it’s rusty, damaged or you just aren't sure about it, replace it with a new one and be certain of your safety.
  • Make sure you turn in used cylinders so that they can be properly purged and recycled.

When Using a Cylinder

  • When reconnecting the cylinder, make sure it’s secured in place on the barbecue.
  • After the hose is reconnected, check for leaks using a water and soap solution. If there are bubbles (which indicate a leak), tighten the connection and recheck with the soap solution.
  • Keep cylinders away from flame or heat and building exits.
  • Use cylinders only with appliances approved for propane.

Storing a Cylinder

  • Keep cylinders outside, upright and off the ground on a base that will not burn.
  • Close the cylinder valve tightly, even when empty.
  • Ensure the cylinder valve is protected.
  • Store away from flame or heat.
  • When storing, disconnect cylinders, plug or cap all cylinder outlets.
Experiencing a propane emergency? Call us at 1-87SUPERIOR (1-877-873-7467) for immediate assistance. For all other inquiries, please contact us.


For your safety, know how to use, store, handle and transport propane.

For technical specifications of butane, download the Butane Safety Data Sheet.