To help you ensure a safe environment while using LPG here are a few safety tips:
- LPG is flammable like all petroleum fuels. It must be stored away from sources of ignition and in a well-ventilated area.
- LPG vapour is heavier than air. Any leakage will sink to the ground and accumulate in low-lying areas.
- In the event of any leakage, LPG can be detected by a typically unpleasant odour of gas.
- LPG will cause natural rubber and some plastics to deteriorate. Only use hoses and other equipment specifically designed for LPG.
- Although LPG is non-toxic, its abuse is highly dangerous. Treat LPG with respect.
Do a 5-Point Safety Check for your LPG system at least once a year
The 5-point check consists of :
- Check Regulator condition, change it at least once every 5 years
- Check Hose for signs of damage or cracking.
- Check Hose Clips are clipped properly (not too tight nor too loose)
- Check for damage on Cylinder ( e.g. rust, dents)
- Conduct gas leak test using soap solution at connection points ( hose, valve, regulator, stove connection)
Bulk Tank Safety
SingGas will ensure that the LPG tank is located in a safe place and that the necessary devices are in place to protect the tank, pipe work and appliances.
To take care of your installation, you should:
- Keep any security fences provided for the tank in good condition. Keep the gate(s) locked shut. If there is no fence, keep the tank valve cover locked and keep the keys in a handy place.
- Keep rubbish and anything combustible well away from the tanks and ensure weeds/grass are kept down. Don’t use chlorate-based weed killer, as this can be a fire hazard.
- Keep vehicles away from the installation.
- Keep people not involved with the installation well away from it.
- Don’t let anyone smoke or have any electrical equipment, vehicles, bonfires, barbecues or other sources of ignition near the installation. Make sure the “No Smoking“signs and any other notices are maintained.
- Ensure that any above ground pipe work from the tank to the point of use is protected against accidental damage and is properly supported. For underground piping, make sure you know the route it takes and avoid putting anything in the ground, which may damage the pipe work or the tank.
- Read the operating instructions and the emergency actions carefully. Make sure that everyone on the premises is aware of them.
- Don’t do any modifications, which may affect the installation e.g. altering firewalls, erecting sheds or fences, or installing electrical equipment near the tank. If in doubt, ask Shell Gas for advice. The tank must not be painted by anyone other than Shell Gas.
- Only let a SingGas authorised engineer work on the installation.