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BBQ Gas Bottle Safety - Transporting Gas Cylinders LPG Gas Cylinder Safety Tips - BBQ Gas Fittings

BBQ Gas Bottle Safety - Carrying Gas Bottles in Vehicles - BBQ Gas Fittings - LPG Gas Cylinder Safety

BBQ gas bottle safety and LPG gas cylinder safety tips information on safe BBQ operation, BBQ gas fittings, placement, leak checks, emergency procedures, carrying gas bottles in vehicles & more…

What Gas is in BBQ Gas Bottles

Gas in BBQ gas bottles is SWAP'n'GO Got Gas?Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and is stored in your BBQ gas bottle as a liquid. When the BBQ gas fittings valve is opened some of the liquid boils off as a vapour.

• A strong, distinctive odourant is added to help detect minor leaks quickly for BBQ gas bottle safety & LPG gas cylinder safety.

• LPG is non-toxic, non-corrosive and clean burning, but if you inhale it in sufficient volumes it will cause suffocation.

• It is important to know LPG is heavier than air for LPG gas cylinder safety tips. Any leaking gas will flow downwards and collect in low spaces. Without ample ventilation and air movement, it will dissipate very slowly.

• Gas for BBQ gas bottles is different from automotive LPG.

Never try to use automotive LPG for BBQ cooking.

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Safe Storage for BBQ Gas Bottle Safety - LPG Gas Cylinder Safety Tips

• It is best to store BBQ gas bottles (patio gas bottle) outdoors in a well ventilated space, for BBQ gas bottle safety and LPG gas cylinder safety.

• BBQ gas bottles should never be stored indoors.

• BBQ gas bottles should always be stored upright.

• Do not store BBQ gas bottles near an ignition source.

• If you store your BBQ or patio heater indoors, when not in use, you should always detach the BBQ gas bottle (patio gas bottle) first and store it separately outdoors, for BBQ gas bottle safety and LPG gas cylinder safety.

BBQ gas fittings should be inspected for damage or deterioration before each use.

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Can You Lay a BBQ Gas Bottle (Propane Tank) on its Side?

Forklift gas bottle or propane tank on its side

You should never lay any gas bottle - propane tank - on its side unless it was specifically designed to be used that way. The only common gas bottle (propane tank) that can be on its side is a forklft gas bottle.

Laying a normal gas bottle on its side is dangerous, as it defeats the Pressure Relief Valve (PRV).

Forklift propane tanks are designed to be mounted on its side (horizontally), on the forklift.


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Charcoal vs Propane Health Issues

The problem with charcoal is that it emits almost 3X the amount of CO2 that is produced when you use LPG.

This greenhouse gas depletes the ozone layer which, in turn, increasesthe risk of skin cancers.

Charcoal is also derived from biomass and creates much more smoke and particulates.

Both have adverse health effects.

A scientific study revealed that meats grilled with charcoal contained more carcinogens than meat heated with propane (LPG).

These carcinogens are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - PAHs.

Charcoal also burns hotter, charring the meat and creating HCA (heterocyclic amines) which is yet another carcinogen.

So, propane grilling is arguably healthier than using charcoal.

Where to Place Your BBQ and Gas Bottles for BBQ Gas Bottle Safety

• Adequate ventilation is essential when using a BBQ to allow the gas to burn and burnt gases to dissipate.

• BBQs and BBQ gas bottles should never be used near flammable objects for BBQ gas bottle safety.

• BBQs and BBQ gas bottles should NEVER be used indoors because of the risk of toxic fumes, smoke or even fire.

•Children should be kept safely away from BBQs and gas bottles (patio gas bottle) for BBQ gas bottle safety.

Transporting Gas Cylinders - How to Transport Gas Cylinders - Carrying Gas Bottles in Vehicles

Transporting gas cylinders or carrying gas bottles in vehicles is a major LPG gas cylinder safety issue. How to transport gas cylinders for LPG gas cylinder safety, do not carry a cylinder larger than 9kg in an enclosed vehicle. However, you may carry up to two gas bottles in an enclosed vehicle, as long as both are no larger than 9kg.

When transporting gas cylinders (preferably in the boot), the BBQ gas bottles must kept upright, secure from moving, with the valve firmly closed and away from any ignition source, including smoking.

Also, when carrying gas bottles in vehicles, LPG gas cylinder safety dictates never leave them sitting in hot sunlight for any longer than necessary.

Safety plugs are also mandatory in some states, including Queensland, whilst transporting gas cylinders.


Avoid transporting 9kg gas bottles inside passenger compartment
Avoid transporting gas cylinders in passenger compartment
DO NOT transport 9kg gas bottles loose or laying down
DO NOT transport loose or laying down - keep secure
Keep 9kg gas bottle cool and away from flames, sparks & heat
Always keep cool and away from flames, sparks & heat
DO NOT leave 9kg gas bottles in enclose vehicle unnecessarily
DO NOT leave LPG bottles in enclose vehicle unnecessarily
Ensure 9kg gas bottle valves are turned off firmly when not in use. Do not over tighten
Ensure valves are turned off firmly when not in use. Do not over tighten
Maximum two 9kg gas bottles in enclosed vehicles
Maximum two bottles in enclosed vehicles. Do not exceeed.

Checking Your Gas BBQ & BBQ Gas Fittings

The leading cause of BBQ fires is BBQ gas fittings failure, leaks or breaks. These cause over 60% of outdoor fires*

• Use the correct type BBQ gas fittings . Do not make temporary connections.

• Keep hose gently curved to prevent kinks and damage.

• BBQ gas fittings including cracked or damaged hoses and/or gas regulators should be replaced before use.

• Check hoses and all BBQ gas fittings to make sure they have not perished by brushing or spraying on soapy water and checking for bubbles.

For more detailed instructions, please see BBQ Gas Leak Test

• Check hoses for blockages, such as spiders, which might have nested inside during winter.

• Check BBQ gas fitting connections to make sure that they are clean and fitting snugly

Please see Gas BBQ Regulators, Hoses & Problems

* Source NFPA Journal 2003

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Operating Your BBQ Gas Bottle - BBQ Gas Bottle Safety

• Always read the BBQ manufacturer’s operating instructions.

• Keep the BBQ gas bottle upright and on a stable base for BBQ gas bottle safety.

• When done using your BBQ, turn off at the gas bottle first and then at the BBQ controls.

• Always turn off the gas bottle valve when you’re not using your BBQ.

• Remember, adequate ventilation is essential.

• Be sure to shut off the bottle valve before disconnecting the bottle from the BBQ, even if you think the bottle is empty.

• A BBQ gas bottle safety valve is fitted to the vapour space to allow automatic relief of any excess pressure due to overfilling, or in the event of a fire.

• Never tamper with the safety valve or other gas bottle fittings.

• Do not use undue force to open or close the main cylinder valve. If in doubt, consult the supplier.

Are Gas Bottles Dangerous - Emergency Procedures • BBQ Gas Bottles

Are gas bottles dangerous? learn what to do in case of an emergency:

• If any leakage from the valve of a small cylinder is detected or suspected move the cylinder to a safe location at least 20 metres from any possible source of ignition.

• Keep flames and sparks away.

• Check valve is turned off. Hose with water.

• If it is not possible to stop the leak, keep the leak uppermost so that only gas and not liquid escapes.

• Keep hands and face clear of any escaping liquid.

• Call SWAP’n’GO® for further advice on 1300 652 003

In an emergency dial 000 for Fire Brigade or Police


Please also see BBQ FAQs for more BBQ gas information and tips


More BBQ Safety Articles You May Wish to Read:

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Safely Attaching & Detaching a BBQ Gas Bottle

BBQ Gas Leak Safety Test

Gas Bottle-Cylinder Testing Facts

Turn Your BBQ Off at the Gas Bottle First

BBQ Gas Fire Prevention

BBQ Food Safety