Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a versatile alternative fuel source for cooking and heating needs in South Africa. But the versatility of LPG vessels does not end there. Additional uses include use in the automotive, DIY as well as home industries such as the arts and crafts industries.
With such a wide range of uses of LPG gas, LPG vessels needs to be stored and used in a safe and correct manner in order to prevent any unwarranted accidents from happening.
General safety guidelines to using LPG vessels
Utmost respect must be given when using liquid petroleum gas as this is essential to keeping family and staff safe where the gas is used. LPG vessels should never be connected or disconnected near a naked flame.
Take proper care of LPG vessels. Equipment and fittings should be routinely checked by an authorised test station for minor leaks, signs of deterioration or damage. Gas cylinders should ideally be tested every ten years and stamped to indicate the date of checking. This can also be conveniently carried out when refilling gas cylinders and bottles. Regular servicing can also ensure that your gas equipment will provide you with a long time of safe use.
Fittings such as tubing can be tested by the gas cylinder’s supplier’s agents who have the proper testing equipment to identify leaks. Tubes should also be replaced on a regular basis to ensure safety.
Only manufacturer approved parts should be used for any repairs or replacements.
Additional safety measures include proper storage of cylinders and bottles away from heat sources including sunlight, as well electric ovens and kerosene stoves. This also means petrol; flammable liquids or aerosols should not be kept in the same area as LPG vessels.
Should cylinders be stored in cupboards, it is important to ensure there is adequate ventilation space at floor level and at top level. Even a half gap is considered sufficient
While there is no denying the benefits of using this alternative fuel source, there is the element of danger if basic safety precautions are not met. For proper use of LPG vessels, always consult the manufacturer’s operating manual.