Safety tips for using gas stoves
USING Liquid Petroleum (LP) gas in the home is a popular choice as it serves a great purpose during power outages and helps cut down one’s monthly electricity bill.
LP gas is the most convenient form of gas one can use in the home. When used properly, it can be used as an alternative to electricity for everyday needs like cooking.
If you’re thinking about incorporating gas into your home, there are guidelines that should be followed to ensure its safe use. Get some tips…
Buying cylinders and gas Gas cylinders work on an exchange system, unless you own your own smaller gas cylinders. If you own a cylinder, which usually comes in 3kg, 4.5kg or 7kg, you can refill it as and when required.
However, whether rented or owned, it is important that you only buy gas at an authorised dealer like specialist gas suppliers, hardware stores or retail outlets. Many service stations also offer a refilling or swap exchange service for gas cylinders.
The in-situ method is the best option for larger or whole house cylinder installations. Upkeep and maintenance of the cylinders and valves remain the responsibility of the accredited installer or supplier, and they perform the necessary tests and maintenance to ensure that these components remain safe.
An installer will also undertake proper fitting and installation of the cylinders.
Good to know In its natural state, gas is odourless. For safety reasons, a chemical agent is added to the gas to give it its distinctive odour, allowing for detection of any leaks.
Gas cylinders are fitted with a regulator, and these differ according to the size of the container. Smaller, domestic containers are fitted with a 3/8th thread, while larger cylinders (from 9kg up) have a 5/8th thread.
Refilling gas cylinders Gas cylinders are never filled to capacity to allow for the gas to expand and contract. If you want to make sure that the cylinder is empty, give it a shake. This will give you an indication of how much liquid is still inside.
Overfilled gas cylinders are a known source of fire risk, which is why it is important to only have cylinders filled or exchanged at an authorised dealer.
Before transporting the gas, tightly close the valve on the cylinder and remove the regulator. Keep the container upright during transportation and repeat this when returning and fitting a full container.
Should you detect any odour, it is important to act immediately. Check that the valve is closed and take the cylinder outdoors. Ventilate the inside area to prevent any gas build-up.
Check for leaks in the valve, regulator and pipe by using a soapy solution such as dishwashing liquid. The soapy solution will bubble if there are any leaks.
Additional safety tips 1. When using gas, always ventilate the room to prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide in the home. 2. Gas cylinders should be kept at least one metre away from any sources of heat. Homeowners should always store their gas cylinders in a cool, dry place when not in use. 3. Cylinders should be stored upright. 4. Only allow an accredited agent to install gas cylinders for fitted appliances. 5. Use a lit taper or ignite an electronic lighter before opening the gas flow. — Home-dzine.
When used properly, gas can be used as an alternative to electricity for everyday needs like cooking.