LPG Gas Safety Guidelines
Safety guidelines for the general use of propane and butane gas bottles (cylinders)
- Always treat LPG with respect. It is heavier than air and can be explosive. It can be detected by its unpleasant odour.
- Bottles must be always used upright to ensure that vapour rather than liquid is used.
- Propane bottles must be used outdoors on a good base and in a safe and accessible area. They should also be stored outside. They should not be used indoors. Butane bottles can be used indoors.
- Bottles should not be exposed to sources of heat, direct sunlight, electricity etc, without adequate protection.
- Do not paint bottles or obscure safety instructions printed on them.
- Smoking should be avoided anywhere near these bottles.
- Never test for gas leaks with a flame.
- Always use a proper LPG hose, which should be as short as possible without kinking and with suitable clamps at each end.
- Hoses should be replaced every 2 years. Hoses should have dates on them, but if they appear damaged or worn they should be replaced.
- When in use bottles must have the correct regulator. [Please link to the information page on regulators here.
- Ensure that gas regulators, valves and adapters have their seals intact.
- Always adhere to instructions supplied with any gas equipment.
- Always contact your local gas stockist for expert advice and guidance. This is purely a general guide that relates to butane and propane gas bottles and gas cylinders
Safety guidelines for the use of propane and butane gas bottles (cylinders) when camping
Camping is a popular pastime, and because of its portability, LPG is often used for cooking, heating and lighting. However to keep you safe some simple safety precautions are recommended:
- Use LPG stoves, lights or heaters outdoors ONLY. Tents and awnings are not "outdoors" and, surprisingly, are not well ventilated. There is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire if they are used there.
- Don't use LPG near flammable materials, including fabrics and long grass.
- Always use appliances in accordance with the manufacturer instructions.
- Always keep LPG cylinders and cartridges outside tents.
- Always change cylinders and cartridges outside away from any source of ignition, and never in a tent. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not smoke when changing cylinders and cartridges.
- Check that the appliance is in good order, undamaged and that hoses are properly attached and undamaged. If in doubt don't use it.
- Know where you are and what the emergency arrangements are on camping sites. Know how to call for help.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas which can be formed by the burning of any carbon based fuel, and can build up in an un-ventilated space. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to the flu. They can include: nausea, dizziness, tiredness, headaches, stomach pains, and/or chest pains.
The information provided in this article is for guidance only. Safety precautions and instructions should be used at all times and if unsure always seek professional guidance. Camping-Gas.com canot be held responsible for any information provided.
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