Using LPG safely

LPG is safe if handled properly

LPG should be stored in approved areas only. Minimum conditions of storage include dry, cool, secure storage away from heat, sources of ignition and oxidizing substances. Keep containers closed and upright when not in use and never store below ground level or adjacent to drains. LPG is heavier than air and in case of leak tends to accumulate at ground level.

LPG is gaseous and highly flammable at normal temperatures and pressures. The gas is normally stored under pressure in liquid form. Release of pressure is associated with rapid cooling, the intensity of which is dependent on the rate of release.

Hazard Identification:

  1. High fire hazard.
  2. LPGas is flammable in air and its vapours are heavier than air, thus it can travel a long distance with ignition risk and flame feedback.  
  3. Containers of LPGas are explosive hazards, when exposed to excessive heat.
  1. No health hazard arises during its storage and use under conditions of pressure.
  2. It is non- toxic but in large quantities it displaces oxygen in atmosphere and may cause asphyxia.
  3. The fast vaporization of its liquid phase with the consecutive fall of temperature can cause serious burns when contacting human skin. 
  1. LPGas is high volatile but does not produce pollution to the ground or water resources.
  2. It does not attack the ozone in atmosphere.
 Classification:        Extremely flammable

Emergency procedures:

In the event of gas leakage or suspected leakage follow the instructions below if safe to do so:

  • Open all doors and windows if the leak is indoors.
  • Turn off all LPG appliances.
  • Do not operate any electrical equipment or switches as they may cause a spark.
  • If you can approach you can stop the leak turning off the gas supply by closing the valve on the cylinder or on the piping manifold. If possible disconnect the regulator from the cylinder.
  • Do not use the cylinder or appliances until it has been tested and checked for safety.