LPG Safety Tips: Important Things to Know
WHAT IS LPG?
Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a mixture of 60% butane and 40% propane. It is derived from the distillation of crude oil in the refining process, in the same manner that other liquid fuels, such as, kerosene, gasoline, and diesel, are extracted.
HOW TO DETERMINE CORRECT LPG CONTENTS (11 kg)
To be sure of the exact weight of LPG you are buying, look for the DOE-required weighing scale at LPG outlets/stores. Determine the net content of LPG by weighing the filled cylinder and deducting the tare weight (TW – weight of empty cylinder) indicated on the cylinder’s shoulder. The net weight should be 11.0 kgs.
- Check rubber tubes regularly for cracks, if any. Change rubber tube at least once in two years.
- Strike the match first then open the burner knob of your stove.
- Retain safety cap with nylon thread attached to cylinder. Fix the cap on the valve to stop leak, if any. Fix Safety cap on the valve, when cylinder is not connected.
- Do not place cylinder inside a closed compartment and keep the stove on a platform or table above the cylinder level.
- Always use cotton apron while cooking.
- Before using the cylinder check for leakage from cylinder valve and other joints by applying soap solution.
- Always keep the cylinder in vertical position with valve on top and installed at ground level on a flat surface.
- Cylinders must not be installed near any heat source and should not be exposed to sun, rain, dust and heat.
- Regulators to be used on the cylinders must be of the same diameter as the cylinder valve.
DO’s IN CASE OF LEAKAGE:
- Regulators should always be kept in OFF position when the cylinder is not in use.
- Open all doors and windows fully. If possible, SWITCH OFF the regulator, if it is in ON position.
- If leakage is from the valve, immediately put the safety cap.
- Take cylinder in an open area and contact the distributor or emergency service cell.
DONT’s IN CASE OF LEAKAGE:
- DON’T switch ON/OFF any electrical equipment inside the house.
- DON’T light matches, lighter, stove, etc.
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