Tips for the safe use of LPG Gas at home

LPG gas (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is the gas commonly used in households and businesses as an alternative energy source to electricity. It is mixture of gases also sometimes referred to as butane or propane. Stored as a liquid in heavy duty cylinders, it turns to gas when the pressure is released as it moves up the cylinder and through the hoses.

One of the dangers of using LPG gas for domestic use is the risk of fire or an explosion due to a leaking hose or faulty valve. With the right safety measures in place however, LPG gas is actually a safe and efficient means for cooking and heating at home.

When using LPG gas, a gas compliance certificate is needed so that insurance will cover any damage caused by a leak. You need to have professional, certified gas installers assess your property and install the cylinders so that the setup complies with LPG gas safety regulations in order to obtain the certificate. The cylinders are normally set up outside in open air with a mesh cage around them. They need to be secured so that they cannot fall over or move around or be breached in any way. If they need to be set up in a separate room, there needs to be a lot of ventilation. Gas leak detectors can be installed in a room to prevent hazards. They sound an alarm if they detect a certain saturation of gas in the air which would be enough to cause serious damage if inhaled or if met with open flame.

Safety inspections and servicing should be done regularly on LPG gas systems. Hoses need to be checked for cracks or wear and tear and should be replaced after a maximum of five years. Cylinders need to be replaced every ten years. The actual inspection of the cylinders should be done by a professional to ensure that the inspection is done correctly and carefully. If a cylinder falls, it may cause the regulator to burst off, and under high pressure, this can propel the cylinder at a force enough to cause serious damage, harm, or death. Make sure you keep a good record of the installation layout for maintenance and repair.

Naturally, anything that can be said about domestic use of LPG Gas goes for the commercial use of the gas as well. It is imperative that the safety of all individuals who will be working or living in the vicinity is ensured.