LPG and General Safety

January 6th, 2011 No Comments »

LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas is not only used for domestic purposes, its use in the industrial and commercial sectors is also increasing with each passing day. The industries where LPG is employed for certain processes should ensure that there are proper precautionary and safety measures taken in order to avoid disasters as a result of wrong handling of LPG.

· First and foremost, domestic LPG cylinders should not be used for commercial purposes. This is a point which many people ignore and then some have to pay heavily in terms of accidents or damage caused due to the wrong usage.

· Industrial organisations as well as restaurants which use LPG should educate its employees with respect to LPG handling as well as safety norms. This would ensure that there are no accidents caused due to sheer ignorance or carelessness.

· People who use LPG commercially should take the following precautionary measures:

LPG and General Safety 1. They should use LPG in accordance with the government norms and proper approvals as well as licences.

2. Only people who are trained as well as authorized for the tasks should be allowed to handle the LPG and related equipment.

3. When the LPG cylinders are delivered, care should be taken to see that they are in proper condition before receiving them. Also, they should be stored in the safest possible manner. They should be kept away from heat and direct sunlight.

4. Cylinders should not be used in horizontal positions.

5. All the LPG and gas equipments should undergo regular supervision, checks and maintenance.

6. One way to avoid major disasters is to use alarms which are sensitive enough to set-off even when they detect the slightest trace of carbon monoxide in the air. Such alarms help you to ascertain leaks and also nudge you to take damage control methods soon enough.

7. The LPG supplier or distributor should always be contacted when you feel there are any issues with regard to the LPG cylinders or tanks. Even when you feel you need to examine the equipments and storage cylinders, you should rely on your supplier to deal with the issue and not depend on any third party.

With simple measures like these, you can use LPG safely even in your commercial and industrial establishments.

LPG and Safety Measures at Home

January 6th, 2011 No Comments »

Today we find that LPG is being used in almost all sectors, domestic and industrial. It has proved itself to be one of the most cost-effective, less hazardous, environment-friendly fuels. Still due to some of its properties, LPG uses have been marred by accidents, which cannot be termed as sporadic incidents. LPG has to be used in accordance with certain safety measures. Incorrect use of LPG can result in explosions, fires, lost of property and most importantly, loss of lives. Do not neglect issues like leaking gas cylinders or tubes, damaged regulators, incorrect method of storage of LPG cylinders, etc.

LPG and Safety Measures at Home · Always check the rubber tubes associated with your LPG cylinders. They should not be damaged or found to be leaking. Change these parts on a periodical basis.

· Store your LPG cylinders and tanks in places which have a flat surface. They should be kept away from direct heat sources. The LPG storage area or cylinders should also be away from direct sunlight, hail, rain, heat as well as dust.

· LPG is now the leading source of energy used for heating as well as cooking in domestic areas. People should be aware of the risks LPG cylinder carries and should always abide by the safety norms.

· Cylinders should never be placed in closed areas. At the same time, the cooking stoves should also be kept a little away from the cylinders and not immediately above it.

· In case there is a suspected LPG leak, all the doors and windows should be opened in order to provide proper ventilation. The regulator of the LPG cylinder should be switched off and there should all attempts to get in touch with the LPG provider. People in the house should contact the distributor or the emergency customer service number to register the leak.

· While the gas leak is suspected, all electronic gadgets and equipments, including all lights and fans should be kept switched off. Also, all the matches and lighters should be kept away from the cooking area or from the place where the leaking cylinder is kept.

· People present at the place should immediately take the cylinder or the source of the gas leak to an open area in order to allow the gas to diffuse.

· Children should always be kept away from the cooking area and most importantly the LPG cylinders.

· Always remember that prevention is better than cure and so, do not neglect any of the safety norms which your LPG distributor informs you about.

Safe Lpg

January 3rd, 2011 No Comments »

LP gases are actually quite safe in comparison with other fuels. The ignition temperature of propane is about 850-950 F (450-510 C), compared to about 495 F (257 C) for gasoline. This difference makes propane less likely to ignite spontaneously.  The range of safety issues with LPG, however is linked to, standards for application, storage and distribution already exists. There are just too many hazard associated with the on-board storage and very similar to that of gasoline. The association of gasoline with reinforced cylinders is similar to that of CNG tanks are used. LPG fuel systems have many built-in safety features.

They generally maintain their integrity in severe collisions and have little space to permit massive leaks. LPG is also about two times as heavier than air and unlike CNG does not disperse easily in the air. The flammability limits of LPG is (2.1-9.5 volume %) and auto ignition temperature of 450 degrees C is also lower than the natural gas. Thus they should not be handled carelessly.

Ther have been certain cases of the accident but they are very limited, thus indicating that LPG or propane is as safe as gasoline. All the precautions are taken to ensure the safety for the user. You just need to handle the LPG according to the simple instruction list given below–

  1. Safe Lpg For normal usage, a LPG cylinder very rarely can shatter or burst into tiny pieces. The Oil Corporations have the vast experience with them and they have laid down some specifications for all equipments used with LPG.
  2. A known independent firm carries on testing of each new cylinder. This may also be done by representatives of ISI at several times. Each cylinder is retested after every five years.
  3. The Corporation managing the LPG also employs trained inspectors in order to ensure that the cylinder valves and pressure regulators are manufactured accordingly with the rigid specifications laid down.
  4. The hotplate or cooker is of a type approved in order to ensure that the customer gets a safe and efficient appliance to while using LPG.
  5. LPG is also sold as a cooking fuel. It has a distinct smell and you can detect any gas leakage very easily.  This smell will vanish as soon as the gas is burnt and not imparted to the food.
  6. LPG Distributors and the appointed staff are also trained to be safety conscious. They are instructed to explain the customers very carefully how they should use the LPG.
  7. An Instruction Card is also provided to each consumer. The card contains the simple rules that need to be followed by the user.