• You may be camping at a festival, taking to the waterways even enjoying a caravan break here are some gas safety tips.

    Don’t forget to follow this simple LPG safety advice when using LPG gas.

    LPG Safety Advice
    LPG Safety Advice from Duval Heating

    If you run a business that operates any type of LPG appliances, you need to adhere to the LPG safety regulations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    What is LPG?

    Liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, such as propane and butane.
    It is a flammable fuel that’s used for heating appliances and cooking equipment.

    You’re most likely to come across LPG in camping equipment, BBQ’s, and patio heaters.

    It’s also frequently used in dwellings like static caravans, log cabins, boats and rural homes.

    Remember, if you rent out your property – even if it’s just a short-term let (1 day).

    You’re classed as a landlord with legal duties when it comes to liquid petroleum gas safety – and gas safety in general.

    Fixed appliances

    You’ll need to ensure that all fixed LPG gas appliances are serviced, and safety checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

    Your engineer must be qualified to work on your property type and the appliance themself.

    For instance, if you’ve got an LPG cooker on your boat, the engineer will need to be registered to work on boats, cookers and LPG.

    You can check any engineer qualifications on the gas safe website.

    Whether you’re buying a brand-new or replacement gas appliance, check that it’s suitable for its intended location and the type of gas that will be used.

    Ensure you also have a copy of the appliance’s installation and user instructions.

    Most types of cooking appliances will need to be converted from natural gas to LPG before use.

    Make sure your engineer who’s carrying out the installation is Gas Safe registered too.

    I’d also highly recommend installing an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
    Carbon monoxide (CO) is an extremely poisonous gas, it’s especially dangerous because you can’t see, smell or taste it.

    Portable appliances

    When you’re using a portable appliance with an integral LPG gas canister, please follow our LPG safety advice checklist:

    Make sure you check the equipment’s condition before each use.

    If the gas canister seal looks damaged, or if the canister is rusty or deteriorated, don’t use it.

    Familiarise yourself with the operating instructions of all appliances before use.

    Ensure you’ve got the right type of gas canister for your appliance and that it’s being inserted correctly.

    Don’t force the gas canister retaining lever into position; this could damage the mechanical linkage and pressure relief device.

    Do not try to light the appliance if you’re having problems with the lever, or if you smell or hear gas escaping.

    Instead, call a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to check and repair, and that’s it’s safe to use.

    If you’re on a boat, stow any used or unused canisters away (and the stove if it has a canister inserted) is in a self-draining gas locker, or on an open deck where any escaping gas can flow overboard.

    Guidance on gas cylinders

    Be safe when you’re using gas cylinders with our LPG gas cylinder safety tips:

    If possible, we’d always advise installing a gas leak detection system.

    When you’re changing cylinders, make sure all cylinder valves or gas taps are turned off before disconnecting.

    If you cannot turn any valves off, contact a registered gas engineer as soon as possible.

    Only change any cylinders in the open air.
    Don’t try to over-tighten the connection.

    Never throw away used gas cylinders; return them to your supplier.

    You can consult Liquid Gas UK or your nearest stockist if you need more information.

    On boats, make sure you regularly hand-pump the bilges (the enclosed areas at the inner bottom of the hull) to remove potential low-lying gas vapours.

    LPG cylinders should be secure and stable and:

    o should never be stored in any type of basement.
    o Must always be stored and used in well-ventilated areas.

    LPG Hoses

    Hoses are used to connect regulators to gas cylinders.

    It’s important to make sure you treat these carefully because they are a vulnerable part of the gas installation:

    Only use rubber hoses marked BS 3212, or stainless steel convoluted hoses marked EN10380.

    If you’re connecting a hose (pigtail) directly to a cylinder, or if the outlet pressure of the regulator exceeds 50 mbar, use a hose marked ‘High-Pressure LPG’.

    Ensure the length of any hose is kept as short as possible, but not so long that it can’t be pulled tight.

    Replace any hose that’s damaged or showing signs of wear, stiffness, or cracking.

    All hoses should be replaced every five years, regulators every ten.

    Make sure you keep all hoses clear of any hot surfaces.

    We hope this LPG safety advice helps you stay safe.