LPG is important for many Aussie households, as it’s a great way to keep warm and cook meals without breaking the bank. This residential gas is an affordable fuel with low emissions, so it can be beneficial for household air quality too.
LPG is also known to last longer than some other choices, such as electricity and natural gas. As a result, gas-powered appliances often provide more longevity due to less wear and tear and you get more bang for your buck!
This household gas also has several other benefits, including quick start-up times, ease of maintenance, safety features and zero-net greenhouse gas emissions when used responsibly. It is reliable, easily transportable and stored anywhere, from residential homes to outback properties. So, its value doesn’t go unnoticed by many Aussies who rely on it daily.
All in all, LPG is an invaluable asset that makes life a little easier and greener while keeping budgets in check. But how can you make sure that it’s safe and efficient?
Tips for Household Gas
● Safety Reminders
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when connecting, disconnecting and using LPG appliances.
- Regularly inspect cylinders for signs of damage or leakage such as rust, dents, bulges or wet patches.
- Don’t store LPG cylinders indoors or in enclosed areas like garages, sheds or tents.
- Never store any combustible materials near cylinders – keep them in a well-ventilated area away from sources of heat, sparks and open flames.
- Keep children away from LPG cylinders at all times.
- Always use the correct type of cylinder for your application – check with your LPG supplier.
- Make sure that the pressure relief valve is in good condition and able to open freely – if not, contact an authorised repairer or regulator service agent for advice.
- Always secure cylinders when in use and during transport using a suitable fixing point like a chain, rope and other materials that can hold-steady the gas bottle.
- Make sure the regulator is not left open or shut when attaching or removing cylinders.
● LPG Usage
- Never leave an unattended appliance running. Remember to switch it off before leaving the house or after using it.
- Always turn off the appliance and cylinder valve after use and ensure all flammable materials are cleared from the area.
- Open doors and windows to ventilate the room when using an LPG appliance for more than 15 minutes.
- Never store flammable liquids near LPG appliances or cylinders – this includes aerosols, petrol, paint thinners and other solvents.
- Don’t tamper with the safety devices on your LPG appliance, such as flame failure devices or thermocouples.
● Dealing with Leaks
- If you smell gas, do not try to find the source. Immediately open all doors and windows for ventilation instead and contact your residential LPG gas supplier right away.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide detector in the vicinity of an LPG appliance.
- Don’t use electrical switches or light matches to detect leaks. The best way to do this is by using a soap solution.
- Always contact a qualified gasfitter if you suspect any type of leaking or faulty installation.
- Don’t use water to put out a gas fire as it can cause an explosion. What you can do is smother the flames with a blanket or foam extinguisher.
- Regularly check all pipe fittings and valves for leaks using soap suds, and repair any damaged components immediately.
- Never use a fuel-burning appliance to check for gas leaks as it can cause an explosion.
- If your LPG cylinder is damaged, take it outdoors and contact an authorised repairer or regulator service agent immediately. Never attempt to do the repair yourself.
- Make sure all LPG cylinders are stored in a well-ventilated area away from sources of heat and open flame.
- Never smoke near LPG cylinders or appliances as the gas can ignite and cause an explosion.
- Make sure all LPG appliances are regularly serviced by a qualified technician to ensure safe operation at all times.
● Installing an LPG bottle
- Make sure that you install the bottle in a safe and approved area away from any sources of heat or ignition such as hot water systems, electric motors, naked flames or other combustible materials. Keep the cylinder upright at all times.
- Before connecting the regulators and hose, read the instructions manual carefully and make sure that you understand all the warnings and cautions prior to installation.
- Ensure that all connections are properly tightened before use, as any loose parts could cause gas leakage or a hazardous situation.
- Make sure that the LPG bottle is securely mounted and that the hoses, regulator and connections are free from obstructions or damage.
- Never try to repair or adjust the LPG equipment yourself as this should be done by an authorised service provider.
- Regularly inspect the LPG bottle for any signs of wear and tear or gas leakage.
- Make sure the area around the LPG is well ventilated and regularly check for any gas leakage or odours. If you detect a gas leak, immediately close off the cylinder valve and call your local gas supplier for assistance.
Keeping these tips in mind can help you use, store, and deal with your household gas safely and securely. Remember, safety should always be your top priority when handling any type of LPG appliance or cylinder!