• LPG Safety Tips
    LPG Safety Tips Suffolk

    LPG is another source of gas that gives you an option where mains gas is not available at your property, mobile homes, Log cabins even boats.

    Below I have listed some LPG safety tips to help you stay safe when using LPG.

    The first tip is gas bottles, available in various sizes, depending on what type of appliance or appliances you will be using.

    You have the option of using butane or propane.

    Butane is used mainly for outdoor barbeques, camper vans and more.

    It is not recommended for winter use as it tends to freeze up quickly.
    Mainly used in the summertime.

    Propane is the most common type of gas used, can be used in both summer and wintertime.

    Let’s look at the gas bottle colours in the United Kingdom.

    Butane gas bottles are mainly blue, except for the barbeque bottles, which depending on the supplier, will vary.

    Propane gas bottles colour tends to be red.

    Gas bottle storage, all bottles should stand on a level and secure base.

    Where possible secure so they cannot fall over should something happen.

    Never store more than two butane gas bottles inside the property whatever, it may be.

    Propane gas bottles cannot be store internally at all.

    Boats should have a purpose-built gas bottle storage locker that has a built-in drainage point. The drain should exit overboard.

    Any spare gas bottles must be secured and stored on deck.

    Campervans like boats should have a storage compartment and ventilation drain point at the bottom.

    Ventilation drain points are to remove any gas leakage, like when changing a bottle over.

    Never use these gas bottle storage lockers for anything other the gas bottles. You could block up the drain point.

    Both butane and propane have different types of regulators that fit the bottles.

    Never try to fit a propane regulator to a butane bottle and vice versa.

    LPG Safety Tips now moves on to gas hose pipes.

    Any hose pipe that you may have fitted to your gas system needs to be inspected for damage and changed every five years.

    All LPG hoses come stamped with a year of manufacture, which helps you know the right time to replace them.

    If you ever replace any gas hose pipe, ensure to use the correct type of hose and keep it as short as possible.

    Never use a garden hose to connect up to the gas supply of an appliance, it is dangerous.

    Some appliances like boats have a specific type of hose pipe that, when it needs replacing, must be with an original one from the manufacture.

    Let’s talk about the regulators that connect to the gas bottles.

    All regulators have serial numbers as well as a manufacturers date stamp.

    Regulators should be changed every ten years, sooner sometimes if they are showing signs of corrosion.

    Whenever you change over a gas bottle, check the condition of the regulator and any hose pipes connected.

    If any doubt, do not use it until it has been checked for safety by a gas engineer.

    LPG Safety Tips for appliances.

    Any gas appliances that are LPG or Natural gas should be inspected for safety every year.

    If the appliance has a flue like a gas fire or water heater, it’s a good idea to have it inspected, as, over time, it can start to corrode and leak.

    It ensures it is not leaking carbon monoxide into the room.

    A good smoke and carbon monoxide detector are advisable for each gas appliance you may have.

    You can buy a combined smoke and carbon monoxide detector at the local hardware store.

    One good safety tip I can give you is, whenever you are going to ignite an appliance, ensure the igniter is going before you turn on the gas.

    If you turn on the gas first, before you ignite the appliance, you may have a small explosion due to the build-up of gases.

    Always ignite First.

    Over time the older an appliance gets, the chances are something is not working as it should, even becoming dangerous.

    Never use an appliance if you think something is wrong.

    LPG Gas Safety Tips will always advise you to call in a registered gas engineer.

    They must be registered to work with LPG appliances and pipework.

    All gas engineers throughout the United Kingdom must be registered,
    that’s the law on the Gas Safe Register.

    When searching for a gas engineer, you need to carry out some checks first, find out what the gas engineer is registered to do.

    You see, someone like a kitchen fitter can be registered, just for fitting cookers and hobs.

    It does not mean he can fit or work on all of your appliances. Only cookers and hobs.

    It’s extremely important that you check the engineer that you choose.

    To do this, you need to see the engineers gas safe card, all gas engineers all have one.

    The front part of the card will be an image of the person presenting you the card it will also have an expiry date, so be sure to check.

    You will also see two numbers on the front of this card, one is the engineer’s registration number, the other is their licence number.

    Make a note of the licence number, it’s the large number across the front.

    Search the gas safe register for the engineer’s details, once you enter the licence number, you will see all the details that are on the card.

    It also proves the engineer is still registered. I would advise you to carry out this check as many fake gas cards are available through the internet.

    Look at the back of the engineer’s card there are many categories.

    It will have one section for natural gas and another for LPG.

    Each category will have details of the appliance that the engineer can work on, be sure to check.

    On the gas register website is a contact phone number that you can use if unsure how to use the site.

    Just remember when using any gas appliance, if in doubt do not use.

    Call in the trained gas engineers to carry out your work or fix your problems.

    Gas can be dangerous in the wrong hands.

    One last tip, arrange for a Gas Safe engineer to carry out a gas safety inspection on your property.

    At least you will know if everything is safe or if any repairs need doing.

    I do hope you found this article on LPG gas safety tips helpful.