Although convenient, inappropriate storage, transportation, use and maintenance of gas bottles and butane canisters can be dangerous, so it is essential to become familiar with proper handling to ensure your safety.
Gas bottles should be stored upright at all times, in a well-ventilated area outside.
Storage should also be out of direct sunlight and in a cool area. Don’t store or use gas bottles in cellars or below ground level.
Valves should be turned off when the gas bottle is not in use.
Gas bottles should be stored away from flammable liquids and aerosols.
Gas bottles should be carried upright at all times.
If transporting a gas bottle in a car, the gas bottle should be no more than 9kg, as well as being positioned upright, and firmly secured.
Only two gas bottles should be transported in a single car.
Keep gas bottles out of direct sunlight.
Safe Gas Bottle Usage:
Always read the manufacturer's instructions before use.
When installing to a stove, heater or gas light, ensure this is done correctly as per the manufacturer’s standards.
If you can smell LPG (smells like rotten egg or car exhaust) suspect there is a gas leak:
• In an emergency, call 111
• If safe to do so, turn off the gas supply at the valve and turn off all gas appliances. Leave electrical appliances or switches as they are – a flick on or off could cause a spark and ignite the gas.
• Keep open flames including cigarettes away from the area until the gas dissipates.
• Use soapy water to check where your gas is leaking. If you see bubbles then there is probably a leak. Turn off the valve, move the cylinder to a ventilated area, then contact your gas supplier.
Sometimes gas fails to ignite properly. If that happens, turn off the supply and wait a couple of minutes, to let unburnt gas disperse before you try again.
Portable gas bottles and butane gas stoves should not be used indoors or in confined spaces.
Take caution when using LPG fuel in windy condition as burners can blow out.
When disconnecting, shut off the valve first, and keep away from flames.
Gas Bottle Maintenance:
Refillable gas bottles need to be retested every 10 years.
Do not use a naked flame to check for leaks, you should instead cover the suspected leak with soapy water and check for bubbles. NEVER USE A MATCH to find a leak.
Do not tamper with the valves.
If your appliance is malfunctioning – stop using it.