Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a widely used source of energy for homes. Homeowners, therefore, use gas cylinders to store the much-needed gas in their homes. Having a gas cylinder in your home, however, comes with a lot of risks.
Despite the fact that LPG gas cylinders are made of durable materials, they can still develop leaks that can lead to serious harm. Subsequently, it’s imperative to take precautionary measures and use the gas cylinders safely and responsibly.
How to connect a gas cylinder
- Ensure the seal is tightly and correctly sealed
- Remove the seal from the cylinder
- Put the connecting piece on the gas regulator
- Fasten the connecting piece and push the clamping ring onto the gas hose
Safety tips when connecting your gas cylinder
- The light bulbs must be 1.5 meters above the gas cylinder
- Only use the approved copper gas pipes; either class one or class two
- Must be installed more than one meter away from doors, windows, drains, and air vents
- Must be installed more than one meter away from premise walls
- The flexible gas hose must not exceed two meters long and should not go through any barrier
- In cases where copper pipes go through a wall, they must be sleeved
How to check how full a gas bottle is
To check how much gas is remaining in your LPG gas bottle, you should:
- Get some hot water in a jug
- Slowly pour it on one side of the gas bottle
- Check out for a line of condensation that appears shortly.
- If the line does not appear, run your hand down the side of the bottle
- There will be a temperature change when you get to the gas level!
LPG Gas Cylinder Storage Regulations
The general LPG gas storage regulations include;
- Must be stored in a place with adequate ventilation. The LPG gas is heavier than air. As such it is likely to accumulate in lower altitudes. To ensure that the gas flows freely without accumulating in one place, put it in a well-ventilated area.
- Should be stored outdoors
- The LPG gas cylinders must be stored in an upright position. This ensures that the pressure relief valve is maintained in the vapor section of the cylinders.
- LPG gas cylinders must be placed on stable grounds to avoid falling or physical abrasion.
- The cylinders should be secured using chains or at least be put on areas where they cannot roll over.
- Never open the valve of any LPG gas cylinder. Some gas may remain in the cylinder even when it is thought to be empty. Leakages can occur and cause injuries.
- Only store the recommended amount of gas in a particular cylinder. Do not overstock gas.
- The LPG gas cylinders must be kept in places that are fire proof.
- The LPG gas cylinders should not be directly exposed to the sun or heat
- When stored outside, the gas cylinder should be placed in a cabinet with a wire mesh to allow the gas to escape in case there is a leak
How do you know if you have a gas leak?
- If you suspect a gas leak, use soap and water solution instead of lighting a matchstick. A matchstick is likely to induce fire. The appearance of a bubbly substance will indicate gas leakage.
- Open windows and doors to allow the gas to escape
- Do not operate any electrical appliances
Bottled Gas Suppliers
The LPG Gas Bottle Exchange Home delivery
- Automatic texts and gas check alerts
- Home delivery of filled gas and removal of empty gas bottles
- Online gas cylinder refill orders via SMS
Gas Cylinder Refill
There are two methods of refilling LGP gas cylinders; the decanting method and the use of digital scales.
- The gas cylinder is connected to a larger LPG storage tank
- The gas is pumped in until it starts leaking from the loosened screw
- Filling is stopped immediately the LPG starts escaping
Use of Digital scales
- Filling is done based on weight
- Scales are set for each bottle depending on its empty weight
- The empty weight is stamped into the neck ring by the operator
- The cylinder is now connected to the LPG gas supply
- Filling proceeds until it is automatically stopped upon reaching the required weight
- The filling is accurate and safe and is preferred by most suppliers