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Safety: How to Store BBQ Gas Bottles Safely

At this time of year, many people are thinking about getting the barbecue out of the garage or shed and setting it up on the few days of sunshine that we may be treated to during the spring and summer months!

So, as people start to bring their barbecue and equipment out of storage, they may be wondering how best to keep their equipment, and more specifically, the gas canisters, safe. This is incredibly important, so we have put together a few hints detailing how and where to store BBQ gas bottles safely and responsibly.

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Store Gas Bottles Outdoors

It’s important that any gas cylinders you have are stored outdoors. This means that they shouldn’t be stored in garages or sheds either as a gas leak in a confined space could be disastrous. If there is a gas leak, cannisters stored outdoors are able to safely disperse their gas, whereas a cannister held inside would fill up the room with gas, causing a serious risk.

Store Away from Lowered Areas

Propane and butane are heavier than air, so when released, the gas will sink. This can present a serious danger if gas bottles are kept near a lowered area. When the gas enters this area, the oxygen is displaced, effectively creating a chamber of air that has little to no oxygen, presenting a high possibility of suffocation.

Store Gas Bottles Away from Heat

It should go without saying that gas cannisters should not be stored near a source of heat or ignition. The type of gas used for barbecues is a propellant, so it is highly flammable. Of course, this is why this is the perfect gas for cooking, but this also means that it should be stored somewhere where it isn’t going to come into contact with a source of heat or ignition.

Store Gas Bottles in an Upright Position

Handling gas bottles with care is essential, so you should ensure to always store them in an upright position. One reason for this is the positioning of the pressure relief valve which is there as a safety measure to let a little of the gas out if the pressure inside the bottle reaches a dangerous level. If the bottle is not kept in an upright position, this can affect the way this valve works.


When storing BBQ and patio gas, it is essential that you do so in a safe and responsible way. As bottled gas suppliers, we want to make sure that you stay safe when you are handling gas, whether it is for a barbecue, filling balloons with helium or to keep the beer flowing!

You can find out more about how to handle and store gas safely on our safety and storage page, and make sure to carry on checking our blog for more updates about our products and how to use them safely.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about any of our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team who will be more than happy to help.