Safety on Board

Specific safety rules must be applied to use propane on a boat.

Marine stoves and various appliances designed for navigation are equipped with special safety devices, such as valves that automatically cut off the propane supply when burners are accidentally turned off or electronic ignition devices.  

In Canada, as is the case with boats, these devices are required to meet the standards of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which in turn meet the standards of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC). Boats must:

  • Be equipped with a leak detector.
  • Use approved components.
  • Use pipes that supply propane continuously.
  • Be equipped with a clean venting system.


  • Tanks must be stored upright and stowed in lockers with a drain opening located above the waterline.
  • No source of ignition must be present in the locker and all locker outlet pipes or hoses must be fitted with a through-hull to ensure that gas is not transmitted to another compartment in the event of a leak.
  • The installation of a pressure gauge is mandatory.
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