• LPG Appliances safety Checks

    LPGAppliances Safety Checks

    Why do you need to have LPG appliances safety checks?

    The answer is in the question SAFETY is the number one reason.

    It’s surprising how many people think that LPG is not as dangerous as natural gas. All gas is dangerous, especially in the wrong hands.

    LPG (liquid petroleum gas) most commonly used in mobile homes, log cabins, boats and remote property where there is no mains gas connected to the property.

    LPG appliances are the same as natural gas appliances the difference being the gas type.

    Let’s start with a common appliance, the boiler that supplies the heating and hot water.

    Just like any boiler, they should have an annual boiler service which includes a safety check.

    Boilers when working produce carbon monoxide (exhaust gas) this is removed through a flue pipe that exits to the outside atmosphere.

    As we all know, carbon monoxide is a silent killer, so inspecting the flue pipe for leakage is very important.

    Especially if the boiler is located in a living area.

    Today’s boilers are condensing boilers which when working will produce condense, that is acidic. The condense will eat through all types of metal.

    That is why it is so important to inspect the flue for any signs of leakage.

    The Gas supply to the boiler needs to be checked, this will ensure the boiler is receiving the right amount of gas.

    An under gased boiler can be dangerous when working, I’ll explain.

    You may be using your cooker, cooking dinner for your family everything seems ok.

    Then the boiler comes on and takes most of the gas needed to work the cooker could suffer a loss of gas till the boiler shuts down.

    Once the boiler stops the gas to the cooker will return but, unless your gas cooker has fitted thermal couplings.

    The gas will leak into the room without you knowing. As you could imagine, it could become a dangerous situation.

    Let’s move onto gas fires, another appliance that tends to get overlooked.

    Again SAFETY is the main priority.

    Fire flues can become blocked due to falling leaves that block the flue, and restrict the products of combustion exiting to the atmosphere.

    Gas fire not inspected will become over time, a dangerous appliance.

    Now we move on to the gas supply.

    LPG is commonly stored in either a bottle (Gas Cylinders) or a tank.

    If your supply is from gas bottles, it will be connected to a changeover valve that connects to both the bottles and supply pipe.

    You may have two or four hoses connected to the gas bottles. These hoses are called pigtails

    Each hose will have a date stamp on them, regulations state they should be replaced every five years.

    Over time these hoses deteriorate, you may not be able to see it but they could leak.

    Changeover valves or if you have a single regulator must be changed every ten years.

    The gas supply should be checked for tightness, IE no gas leaks.

    LPG has a distinct smell, and unless you cannot smell, you will notice it straight away.

    LPG is a heavy gas this means that leaking gas falls to the ground, whereas natural gas floats off into the atmosphere.

    That danger with LPG is it will build up in small spaces and could cause an explosion.

    Gas safety checks must only be carried out by a gas safe registered engineer, they also need to be registered to work with LPG.

    The Gas Safe Register will put you in touch with a local company or engineer who will be registered to work on your appliances.

    Many mobile home and boat sites now require that you provide them with a gas safety certificate each year.

    The same goes the same for insurance companies they want to know that the property they are insuring is safe.

    I hope you can see from the above that, LPG appliances safety checks are a must.

    The question I now ask you is this, When did you last have your LPG Applainaces Safety Checks

    LPG Appliances Safety Checks