Safe use of LPG in the Home

By Staff Writer | 18 Jul 2019 at 21:12hrs
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a clean, safe and portable form of energy, which has been fully embraced in Zimbabwe by domestic and industrial users. However, like all other flammable fuels, it has to be handled and used properly.

The following tips have been prepared to raise users' awareness of some common malpractices that can easily cause accidents. Please read these tips carefully and share them with family and friends to prevent some avoidable LPG accidents.

Do's and Don'ts When Using LPGas

(i) Always keep the cylinder in a vertical position with the valve on top. If a cylinder lying in a horizontal position leaks, gas in liquid state will escape overcoming normal ventilation with potentially disastrous consequences. (Liquid gas expansion covers a larger volume and area than a gas leak)

(ii) The LPG appliance should be placed at a higher level than the cylinder. LPG is heavier than air and it tends to flow from a higher place to lower places. In case of a leak, it should flow away from rather than to the fire.

(iii) Ensure that there is adequate ventilation at floor level and at the top level in the room. Do not store LPG cylinders inside cupboards. LPG tends to flow into pockets and stays in those areas where without good ventilation it can become a potential source of fire should a naked flame be introduced.

(iv) Do not keep the cylinder exposed to sun, rain, dust and heat. Excessive heat to the cylinder changes the temperature of the gas inside the cylinder and excessive expansion may lead to explosion of the cylinder.

(v) Always use the correct rubber hose and check it regularly for cracks. Change rubber hoses at least once every 18 months. Rubber hoses and seals tends to be brittle over time and develop cracks which render them less effective in sealing.



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