• Consumer Safety

    PERC and the propane industry together developed this suite of 16 electronic modules on consumer propane safety.

    Each of the modules, available in English and Spanish, is devoted to a single subject (such as appliance maintenance) and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. This is important information that you can share with your family whenever and as often as you want.


    Spanish version: Haga clic aquí para la versión española

  • Propane


    No Flames or Sparks. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, cell phones or telephones. Flames or sparks can trigger an explosion or fire.

    Leave the Area Immediately. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas leaking.

    Shut Off the Gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

    Report the Leak. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.

    Do Not Return to the Building or Area until your propane retailer determines that it is safe to do so.
    Get Your System Checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

  • Grill & Cylinder


    Before You Grill

    • Read your grill manufacturer’s instructions and call their help line if you have questions.
    • Position your grill in an open area away from buildings and high traffic areas.
    • Check to make sure all parts of your grill are in place and the grill is stable.

    When Grilling

    • Before lighting the grill, apply non-stick spray to the grates. The protective spray cuts down on clean-up time.
    • Wear clothes that do not have hanging shirt tails, frills or aprons.
    • Never leave a grill unattended once lit.
    • Use utensils with long handles to avoid burns.
    • Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher handy. If you don’t have a commercial extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand or a garden hose nearby.
    • Never attempt to move a hot grill. It’s easy to stumble or drop it and serious burns could result.

    After you Grill

    • Turn the grill burners and lp grill cylinder to the off position.
    • Use a wire Brush to scrub away buildup on the grates once the grill has cooled.
    • To clean the grate, remove the cooled grate and squirt grease-cutting dishwashing detergent on it. Scrub with an abrasive brush or pad, then rinse. Be prepared to repeat this several times.


    • Never store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area.
    • Do not expose or place a propane cylinder in an area of excessive heat (above 120 degrees).
    • Never store or place a spare cylinder under or near a barbeque grill.
    • Do not smoke or use electrical tools in the area while handling or transporting cylinders.
    • Always transport and store cylinders in the upright position.
    • Keep your cylinder valve closed when not in use.
    • Never keep filled cylinder in a hot vehicle or transport it in a closed trunk.
    • Always move your grill away from your house or combustible material before lighting.