Most LPG filling stations use automated pumps to fill LPG cylinders but there are still very important steps that the operators need to take each time they fill a cylinder.
An important step that all LPG filling operators should take is the pre-fill inspection. This inspection will inform the operator if the bottle hasn’t been checked within the last ten years and if there is any corrosion. Operators should refuse to fill bottles that haven’t been tested in the last ten years.
A bottle should be tested for leaks by using some soapy water, both before and after LPG filling takes place.. Although service station employees are required to be trained as approved operators before being allowed to fill LPG bottles gas bottle owners should watch the operator to ensure that they have checked the condition of the bottle and tested for leaks. Therefore owners should get their bottles inspected at authorised LPG filling stations which are staffed with trained personnel.
The weight of a cylinder needs to be measured and filling it with the correct amount of LPG are extremely vital steps for the operator to take. LPG filling stations must be very cautious to not overfill cylinders. There is a huge risk of a bottle leaking and causing a fire if it is overfilled. As a safety precaution the bottle’s label has to be dated and signed by the person who fills it.
Plenty of homes have LPG gas cylinders in their houses, in heaters or ovens, and outside with their barbeques. Most people don’t think about the safety of their gas cylinders but there are many dangers involved if a bottle isn’t well maintained or isn’t filled correctly. Bottle owners have the responsibility of ensuring that the bottle is inspected at an LPG filling station every ten years and that the operator filling their LPG bottle is doing it correctly. This will keep the gas bottle in good working order. Owners also need to ensure that the cylinder fittings are tight and clean.
People involved in LPG filling have the responsibility of filling cylinders safely and according to the regulations. If an operator isn’t capable of doing so, they should request further training and refuse to fill any LPG cylinders until they can do it safely and competently.