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Grill Safety Tips: Propane 101

Propane Grilling Safety Tips

Propane is readily available and easy to use, and those are just a few of the reasons it’s a common fuel source for many American grillers. But, because it’s a flammable product, propane must also be handled with care. Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following these important tips.


Read the instructions

It’s advice as old as time, but it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the manufacturer instructions that come with your propane grill. Be sure to also read the helpful safety information on the label of your Blue Rhino tank. It doesn’t take long to read the fine print, and you (and your loved ones) will be glad you did!


Built-in safety features

Rest easy knowing there are built-in safety features that come with your propane tank that you may not even be aware of. Because overfilled propane tanks can be dangerous, all tanks are now manufactured with an overfill protection device (OPD). These are easily identified by the unique triangular shape of the OPD valve’s handwheel, and all tanks must have this valve to be refilled. Read more about OPD valves and other tank features here. Smell rotten eggs? Keep in mind that an odorant has been added to the propane in your tank to help easily detect a leak. To be extra sure there’s no leak in your grill’s hoses and connections, it’s a good idea to do a quick test before every cookout. Here’s how.


A greener alternative to charcoal

No matter how you slice it, grilling with propane is a much safer alternative to charcoal. Not only does propane produce fewer carcinogens, it also produces less carbon monoxide than coal, so it’s better for you and the environment. Don’t just take our word for it… here’s what the experts say.


Know the do’s and don’ts

Trust us, we know propane grilling is exciting. Nothing gets us going quite like laying out grilling utensils and prepping our favorite foods. Are you ready to have your best (and safest) grilling season yet? Then check out these handy grilling do’s and don’ts and Grilling Tips and Techniques pages.


Cooking with propane saves lives

Blue Rhino parent company Ferrellgas is a member of the World LP Gas Association, an international organization that supports the global propane industry. We’re proud of the initiatives by our industry colleagues, including the Cooking For Life campaign, which aims to transition 1 billion people from dirty and dangerous fuels to clean-burning propane by the year 2030. Now that’s safe grilling!


Choose Blue Rhino

When you exchange a Blue Rhino tank at one of more than 60,000 locations nationwide (or if you’re lucky enough to be in a market that currently offers Blue Rhino home delivery), you’ll always get a clean, leak-tested, and inspected tank that’s been filled at one of our state-of-the-art production facilities. Not every propane provider does what Blue Rhino does, but we do it so you can grill with confidence.


You’ve known for a long time that grilling is delicious. Now, you can fully enjoy this fun activity when you familiarize yourself with propane safety.

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