Safety tips for us­ing gas stoves

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

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