A Guide to LPG Boiler Safety in Your Home

A Guide to LPG Boiler Safety in Your Home

If used correctly, LPG is safe. However, though it is no more dangerous than oil or natural gas, like every fossil fuel - LPG remains a combustible fuel, and is therefore not without risks. Due to its properties, characteristics and applications, LPG is an exceptional energy source. It is a lower carbon, cleaner, efficient and innovative energy offering numerous benefits to consumers and the environment. LPG can be applied anywhere to the latest in energy appliances, making it the perfect energy source for rural residents looking to take advantage of the latest in energy efficiency technology. Should you ever experience any problems with your home LPG boiler, by law, you must use a Gas Safety Registered engineer to carry out any workAlways check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. Gas Safety Register replaced CORGI registration on 1st April 2009. Get your LPG appliances regularly serviced and checked at least once a year. On average, a properly maintained LPG boiler will last about 10 years. Hot Water Boiler LPG only really presents a problem in the event of a leak. LPG can leak as a gas or a liquid. If the liquid leaks it will quickly evaporate forming a cloud of gas which will fall to the ground, as it is heavier than air. LPG vapours will run for long distances along the ground surface and will collect in any gap such as exposed floor boards, basements and drains. If the gas meets a source of ignition it will burn or explode. Should you ever suspect a leak, immediately call your LPG supplier. LPG Homeheat customers should call our office for advice on 01423 770793, or outside office hours, call our 24 hour emergency number: 0115 965 8508. Although naturally odourless, LPG has an odour added for safety measures, helping residents detect any leaks.

What to do in the immediacy of smelling an LPG Gas Leak

  • Extinguish all nearby naked flames, no matter how small.
  • Evacuate everyone upwind, against the direction of the wind from the source of the leak.
  • Only if it is safe to do so, turn off the gas supply.
  • If the leak is in the house, open all doors and windows.
  • Do not switch any electrical appliances ON or OFF.

In the event of a fire, call 999, and immediately make it clear to the Fire Brigade that an LPG tank is on the premises. You should fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm near any appliance using fossil fuel in your property. A loud beeping alarm will alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas, produced by unsafe gas and oil appliances. Carbon monoxide is invisible and unlike LPG, odourless. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels by faulty fossil fuel-burning appliances or a lack of oxygen in a room which the appliance needs to burn efficiently. Without oxygen the appliance will draw in carbon dioxide in its burning process, producing the deadly carbon monoxide gas.

LPG Safety – Additional Tips

Keep Your LPG tank clean and uncluttered – Make sure the area around the tank is free from weeds, rubbish and other combustible materials. Do not build any permanent or temporary structures close to the tank. To prevent the build-up of algae and moss, keep the surface of your LPG tank clean. Do not interfere with your LPG tank – Do not remove any signs, markings, numbers or instructions from the tank, and ensure that all are clearly visible at all times. Do not paint the tank a different colour, as this could affect the temperature of the LPG inside. Minimise the risk of fire – Whether it’s a cigarette, a BBQ or a bonfire, do not allow for any sources of ignition near the LPG tank. The radius that should be kept free of naked flames varies depending on the size of your tank, but ranges from 2.5 to 7.5 metres. Refrain from parking cars next to above-ground LPG tanks, or above below-ground tanks. Allow for regular maintenance – Keep access to your tank and service valves clear at all times to allow for quick and easy maintenance. Familiarise yourself with the location of any underground pipes. Report any equipment damage or failure to us immediately. We can be reached on 01423 770 793 during office hours, or outside office hours, our 24 hour emergency number is 0115 965 8508. If you choose a below-ground tank over an above-ground tank, we will ask you to excavate a hole in your garden in preparation for installation. When choosing an area for excavation, there are a few additional factors you should take into consideration for maximum LPG safety. For more information, click here.