Liquid petroleum gas or LPG is an excellent source of fuel for cooking, heating and vehicles. However, it must be treated with respect and handled with care. The gas is extremely flammable and incorrect maintenance of the cylinder and its parts can result in explosive accidents.
Some Usage Precautions
You should never fill an LPG cylinder intended for household use with automotive LPG.
- You should never use the gas indoors or in any confined space without adequate ventilation.
- Always be wary of open flames.
- The cylinders should be kept upright at all times.
- Other flammable items should not be stored near LPG cylinders.
- The pressure release valve should not face dwelling or combustible materials.
- The cylinders should be firmly secured in an upright position.
- No more than two cylinders should be transported in a car at any one time. These cylinders should also not exceed 9kg in weight.
- LPG cylinders should be tested and restamped once a decade.
- Leak detection should not be done with the use of an open flame.
- Corroded or damaged cylinders should not be refilled.
- The safety valve should never be tampered with.
It is possible to use LPG for many years without any mishaps. Problems arise when the cylinders are not treated with the care that they deserve. Any hint of gas should be reported immediately and investigated thoroughly to ensure the safety of the surrounding buildings and individuals. Regular maintenance should be done to ensure that the safety valves are working as they should and that the cylinders are not losing their integrity and becoming a danger to all those around them.
Carefully observing all the precautions outlined in the owner’s or manufacturer’s manual for LPG cylinders can help to decrease accident rates by a great deal.