Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is safe to use if you remember to take care of appliance maintenance and use it correctly. LPG is typically used with appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, barbecues and heaters. In most cases such appliances are used in the leisure time context, for example in holiday cabins, caravans and boats.
Gas appliances intended for private consumer use are supplied ready for use. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions provided in the user and installation manual when installing and taking LPG appliances into use. Fixed installations may only be performed by gas installation companies approved by Tukes.
Good care of domestic appliances also entails remembering to check your gas installations on a regular basis.
When using LPG…
- Make sure you regularly check your appliances and installations for damage and leaks.
- Replace or service any worn parts in time.
- Ensure there is always adequate ventilation in premises where LPG appliances are used.
- Follow the user and maintenance instructions.
- When leaving the premises for a longer period of time, shut off the cylinder valve; if using the clip-on type turn the regulator switch to 'off' and if using the screw-on type rotate the valve until shut.
Did you know that…
- An LPG leak is always a hazardous situation.
- Even a tiny spark or other source of ignition can ignite leaked LPG.
- Leaked LPG moves downwards and accumulates near the floor and other low spaces.
- Toxic carbon monoxide is created if there is not enough combustion air.
If you can smell gas…
- switch off the cylinder valve;
- do not use a naked flame;
- do not use electric switches;
- air the premises thoroughly;
- look for leaks by using soap water and opening the cylinder valve;
- once you have located the leak, switch off the cylinder valve and take the necessary measures.
Exercise care to ensure the safe use of LPG. Never attempt any DIY fixes or installations!
Once permanently discarded, LPG appliances must not be taken into use again. Instead, they must be taken to a scrapping facility. Contact your municipal waste management authority for instructions. There are, however, second-hand appliances available for purchase. They can be used if in the appropriate condition for safe use.
Discarded or otherwise unnecessary LPG cylinders should be recycled via a facility such as a petrol station. Appliances that clearly do not meet the current safety standards should not be used. These include gas stoves that are more than 20 years old as those made in the 1970s did not feature flameguards as a safety system.