• LPG Gas Bottles Safety
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    LPG gas bottles safety sometimes gets overlooked.

    An LPG gas bottle is a potential bomb if not used safely and correctly.

    Always Remember, safety must always come first.

    Always use the gas bottles in the upright position, never try to use them in the horizontal position, as this could cause a dangerous situation.

    When using two bottles or more, ensure they are all of the same size.

    Ensure that the ground the gas bottles will be standing on is solid and secure.

    The ground must be able to take the weight of the gas bottles.

    A full 47kg LPG gas bottle has an average weight of around 95kgs.

    Times that by four, you now have a combined weight of around 380kgs sitting on the ground.

    So you can see from above why it’s very important to ensure the ground can take the weight of the gas bottles.

    All Gas bottles must be secured where possible, you don’t want them falling over and causing a gas leak, even injuring someone.

    You can buy a gas cage that will disguise the bright red bottles should you wish to.

    These cages come in many colours, you could even find a colour to blend them into your background.

    Should you decide to go down this route, ensure you only buy from a reputable dealer, don’t buy the cheap ones as they not safe.

    You will find many types of cages for sale on the likes of Google and eBay,

    Most will be made from wood or plastic and are not suitable as they are not fireproof. 

    Bear in mind though these cages are not cheap, the average cost for the four-bottle setup could be somewhere around £500-600.

    You need to buy from an LPG registered cage supplier.

    Whenever you change over an empty gas bottle to a full one, don’t forget to fit the safety cap back to the empty one.

    Always replace safety caps/plugs when the gas bottle is empty or not in use.

    Never use or store LPG propane cylinders indoors.

    They have a higher pressure than butane gas cylinders, so they’re not suitable for indoor use.

    You can use butane gas bottles indoors for fires, but not propane.

    Never store more than two butane gas bottles inside your property.

    Don’t change any gas cylinders in the presence of any naked flames.

    Never smoke in the vicinity of any gas bottles.

    Always pay attention to any safety and operating notices displayed in the vicinity.

    A gas cylinder might seem empty, but could still contain LPG vapour – so you should treat all LPG gas cylinders as if they were full.

    Don’t drop gas cylinders off vehicles or platforms. 

    This can damage their valves (or the cylinders themselves).

    LPG Gas Bottles Safety is as simple as common knowledge, don’t put yourself at risk. 

    Most gas bottles will connect up to a changeover valve, you have a two-bottle and four-bottle setup.

    Depending on your setup, be it a two or four bottle setup, never leave one side disconnected.

    Always ensure both sides of the changeover valve are connected.

    If you only connect to one side of the changeover valve, you may find you have a gas leak on the hose (pigtail) that’s not connected.

    A gas leak can occur when the hose that’s not connected, has been weathered.

    I’ll explain, each pigtail has a built-in non-return valve, if left to the elements of the weather, the valve can get stuck open slightly.

    You may not even notice that you have a gas leak, but it happens.

    Once a year, it is advisable to have a gas engineer come and check over all your gas appliances, as well as the changeover valve and any hose pipe.

    He or she can advise you on your LPG Gas Bottles Safety.

    Once they have completed the gas safety inspection, they should give you a certificate.

    On the certificate will be details of all your gas appliances, as well as any faults found.

    You will also see on the certificate details of a gas tightness test, this will test for leaks.

    Ok, so you want to find a gas engineer for your LPG gas bottles safety check.

    Visit the gas safety register, follow the simple instruction and you should get details of three engineers local to your location.

    One thing I must mention is to make sure they are registered to work with LPG.

    If you are unsure of what to search for, the register also has a contact number for you to call.

    Explain that you would like to make contact with an LPG engineer who is local to your location.

    Not all gas safe registered engineers are registered to work with LPG, so just check.

    I do hope you have found this article of some use to you.

    Any questions, please don’t hesitate to make contact.