LPG Safety Checklist for the Home

Using an LPG or Liquified Petroleum Gas in your home means that the entire household should be aware of gas safety to avoid incidents that can harm your family. In the very least, all members of the family should know what gas smells like so that they can identify the odor in case of a gas leak in the LPG hose. A checklist for home safety is a customer service that many LPG companies provide for their customers. If you have not been oriented already, you can make a request to the company that has sold you your LPG tank.

Store Cylinder is Safe Environment

The cylinder or tank is usually kept behind the stove or underneath the stove, protected with a simple cover from sources of ignition such as a stove spark. Do not keep the tank close to electrical outlets, since these constantly produce sparks even if you do not see them. It is also dangerous to store your tank where it is in contact with direct sunlight.

Inspect O-Ring

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This is the rubber seal inside the valve. It needs to be free of scratches and cracks, otherwise it needs to be replaced. A damaged o-ring can lead to leaks. Your provider can check on it after each tank replacement. If you suspect a leak, close the tank and inspect that all connecting parts are sealed.

Proper Regulator Use

Use a proper fitting regulator and replace the regulator no matter its condition every three years. Make sure all members of the family who use the stove know how to open and close the gas tank with the regulator. If they smell a gas leak, the first action should be to seal the tank at the regulator. The regulator can also be closed in the evening or between use to avoid minute escape of gas through the stove. The practice of sealing the LPG tank when not in use saves gas and is also safer for the home.

Regulator and Valve Connections

A metal clamp is used to seal the regulator and valve. Unsecure connections will lead to a gas leak so these connections need to be tight. Use proper tools when sealing connections. If you suspect a crack or leak in connections, do not hesitate to replace your regulator and hose. Hose and regulator sets are not too expensive.

Check LPG Hose

It is possible for a hose to get damaged. Heat and grease tend to corrode the hose as well. There are thick rubber hoses with thread weaving for reinforcement and metal hose for LPG. Both can have leaks if in bad condition. Replace your hose at least every two years and between replacement check on the condition of the hose regularly.

Hose Connection to the Stove

Hose connections are also secured with a metal clamp in both rubber and metal hoses. Secure the clamps with screw and make sure they are tight. In case of a suspected gas leak, open all your window and doors to dissipate the gas, call the fire department and get out of your home.

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