Propane is a safe, economical, non-toxic, and environmentally-friendly fuel that is not harmful to soil or ground water. It produces minimal emissions and can be used to heat homes and water, cook indoors and out, dry clothes, and heat pools and spas. If used in systems that are properly maintained and operated, propane is perfectly safe. But if treated without proper care or attention, it can be dangerous.
The propane inside a container is in liquid form with a vapour space above the liquid. It turns to gas when it is released from the container. Liquid propane can cause severe frostbite if it comes in contact with your skin or eyes. Keep your head away from the valves on your tank or cylinder - sudden releases of propane liquid/vapour from the pressure relief valve can potentially result in serious injury. Propane can be ignited by many sources including pilot lights, open flames, smoking materials, electric sparks, and even static electricity.
The sections below contain a list of safety precautions, tips, and information outlined by the Canadian Propane Association. Please consult the following sections below for more details or visit the safety section of the CPA.