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LPG gas cylinder safety tips

LPG Gas cylinder safety tips

Liquefied petroleum gases (LPG), widely used in domestic kitchens, industries and commercial establishments. Normally, the gas is stored in liquid form under pressure in a steel container, cylinder or tank. LPG is a gas at atmospheric pressure and at normal room temperature, but it can be liquefied when moderate pressure is applied or when the temperature is sufficiently reduced.

LPG Gas cylinder safety tips

When buying your LPG:

* Always buy LPG cylinders only from government authorized dealers.

* When the LPG cylinder is delivered to your home, verify that the gas seal is present and intact. Do not accept the cylinder if the seal is broken.

* Always use BIS approved devices (regulators and rubber tubes) only from an authorized LPG distributor.

Before using your LPG:

* Keep cylinders away from other sources of heat.

* Check the cylinder valve to make sure the rubber ring is present inside.

* Never keep kerosene or other stoves on the floor where a LPG cylinder is used

* Always store the LPG cylinder in an upright position at ground level in a well ventilated place

* Always keep the gas stove on a platform above the cylinder level

* Check for leaks, if any.

* Do not have window curtains near the gas stove.

When cooking with LPG:

* Always wear cotton clothes and cotton apron while cooking, never wear synthetic clothes such as silk gauze, etc.

* Do not store appliances such as the refrigerator inside the kitchen, the fluctuation of energy in them can act as a source of fire in case of leakage

* Do not place flammable or plastic items near the flame.

* Never leave your kitchen unattended. The sauce or liquid in your cooking vessel can overflow and turn off the burners, causing gas leaks

In case of leak in LPG:

* Do not panic, close regulator and burner knobs

* Open all doors and windows for ventilation.

* Do not operate electrical switches or appliances in the room.

* Turn off all flames, lamps and incense sticks, etc.

* Isolate the main power supply only from the outside.

* Call your distributor or cellular service for help.

LPG Maintanence:

* Always keep the LPG valve / regulator off when your gas stove / oven is not in use, especially at night and when you go on vacation.

* Always keep the rubber tube exposed and visible

* Check the rubber tube regularly for cracks, replace the rubber tube at least once in two years

* Ensure that all parts of the installation are in good condition. If you encounter any problem with any part, contact your dealer immediately and request assistance.

* Never handle your LPG cylinder.

* Have your gas appliances checked periodically

* Auto insecure repairs. Call the dealer for repairs.

Checking the expiry of LPG cylinder:

Expired cylinders are not safe for use and may cause accidents. In this regard, be careful when accepting any LPG cylinder from the distributor. In one of the three lateral rods of the cylinder, the expiration date is encoded alpha numerically as follows A or B or C or D and some two-digit numbers after this, p. D06.

The alphabets represent quarters:

1. A for March (first quarter)

2. B for June (second quarter)

3. C for September (third quarter)

4. D for December (fourth quarter)

The digits represent the year until it is valid. Therefore, D06 would mean December Qtr. of 2006.

Return the cylinder you get with an expired date, they are prone to leaks and other dangerous accidents. The second example with D14 allows the cylinder to be in use until December 2014.

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