LPG is the need of almost every household in the world. Individuals and families use LPG for cooking and heating purposes. LPG is a highly flammable gas and catches fire quickly. Many accidents happen every year across the world due to the use of LPG cylinders in unsafe ways. Therefore, homeowners and families need to take special care while using LPG equipment and cylinders at homes.
There are many things that you can do to enhance your safety while using LPG. Let us explore in this post the best ways to use LPG safety at home.
Buy from an authorized distributor
The LPG equipment and cylinder that you get from an authorized distributor of your gas company are compatible with each other. Some people also use the cylinder from other companies or unauthorized distributors. The cylinders of other companies or unauthorized suppliers may not be compatible with your gas equipment.
Always check the ring and valve during delivery.
There are various things a homeowner should check while taking the delivery of an LPG cylinder. Always check the ring and valve of a cylinder while receiving it from the delivery person. It is essential to check these things to detect the leakage of gas in a cylinder. The best and easiest way to check the leakage is to use some soap water.
Ask the delivery person to open the seal of the cylinder and Put the show water on its valve. If the air bubbles come out, it means there is a leakage of gas; either the ring or valve is worn. In such cases, ask the delivery person to replace the cylinder immediately.
Check the seal.
Sometimes the seal of the cylinder is already worn. Never receive a cylinder with a worn seal as the quantity of gas in the cylinder may be less than the standard amount filled by your company. If the seal is worn, ask the delivery guy to replace the gas bottle.
Check the expiry date.
All the LPG Gas cylinders are required to be tested and replaced after some years of usage. The time of usage and replacement varies from state to state. The expiry date is stamped on the neck of the gas bottle. A cylinder cannot be refilled after the expiry date. Always check it before taking the delivery of the gas bottle. If the expiry date is already passed, you should return the cylinder immediately and ask the delivery guy to replace it.
Place the cylinder accurately.
Some people place the gas bottle horizontally. However, the gas cylinder should always be placed in a vertical position in the kitchen. You should never replace the gas bottle at the same level where you placed the gas stove. Never place the cylinder near a flame or hot object. Also, do not place it under the direct sun.
Moving the gas cylinder.
Gas companies do not recommend moving a gas cylinder anywhere outside your house. Many accidents happen while moving the gas bottles from one place to another without taking proper precautions. If you want to move the center from one area to another area in your house, do it by placing the cylinder on a trolley. Never roll the cylinder on the ground or the floor of your home. Also, keep it vertical while moving it from one area to another.
Ventilation of the kitchen.
Most people use the LPG cylinder in their kitchen for cooking and preparing food. A kitchen should be well ventilated to expel the gas in case of a leakage. Proper ventilation also so that enables the smoke to get out of the kitchen if you don’t have a Chimney installed. Some people also have a sphere gas cylinder that they place in some other area of the house. You should always place the spare cylinder in a ventilated area or in an open area of your house.
These were some tips to use the LPG gas cylinder safely at home. Always use the accessories recommended by your gas company with the cylinder and gas stove. Also, users need to take extreme care while using the LPG for cooking at home. Following the tips in this post can help homeowners and families to use the domestic gas cylinder safely.