Gas Safety Week will take place this week, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official gas registration body for the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey. Consumer organisations and the gas industry come together to promote gas safety, with events taking place throughout the country, with the aim to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of our gas appliances. LPG is an exceptional energy source due to its properties, characteristics and applications. As a lower carbon, cleaner and more efficient energy it can offer numerous benefits to consumers and the environment. If used correctly, LPG is safe. However, like every fossil fuel – LPG remains a combustible fuel, and is therefore not without risks. The following risks can be caused by badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances:
- Gas leaks
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Gas Safety Week coincides with the time of year when consumers are turning their heating on and spending more time indoors. The boiler has to work much harder during cold spells and if it has any service issues such as stuck pumps and stuck 3 way valves, this is the time they will become apparent.
LPG Safety Tips
- By law, you must only use a Gas Safety registered engineer to fit, fix & service your gas appliances
- Always check the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card
- Get your appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year
- Fit at least one carbon monoxide alarm. An alarm should be placed near any fossil fuel burning appliance. A carbon monoxide detector does not detect smoke.
- If you think there might be a gas leak or notice any signs of carbon monoxide, call the National Gas Emergency number: 0800 111 999
If LPG leaks it will quickly evaporate forming a cloud of gas which is heavier than air and will fall to the ground. LPG vapours will run for long distances along the ground surface and will collect in any gaps such as basements and drains. If the gas meets a source of ignition it will burn or explode.
LPG Safety – Additional Tips
- Keep Your LPG tank clean and uncluttered from weeds, rubbish and other combustible materials. Do not build any permanent or temporary structures close to the tank. Keep the surface of your LPG tank clean of algae and moss.
- Do not remove any signs, markings, numbers or instructions from your LPG tank.
- Do not paint the tank a different colour, as this could affect the temperature of the LPG inside.
- Do not allow any sources of ignition near the LPG tank such as cigarettes and BBQs.
- Keep access to your tank and service valves clear at all times to allow for quick and easy maintenance.