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.