How to keep safe with LPG
LPG, liquid petroleum gas, is a mixture of propane, butane and isobutane, and is amongst the cleanest-burning fossil fuels in the world, while also being very energy dense. Because the fuel can be liquefied at near room temperature, it requires less extensive handling concerns than liquid natural gas. This makes LPG convenient, safe to store and environmentally conscious, particularly for more rural areas.
Uses and Appliances
The most common use of LPG is heating your home. LPG heating systems are common in India and other parts of the world, and they’re becoming excellent alternatives in the UK. Other things LPG energy systems are utilised for are ovens and stove-tops, air conditioners, hot water heaters, and refrigerators. In essence, any system that utilises or transports thermal energy rather than electricity can be made to use LPG instead.
The LPG industry settled on standardised connectors and valve gauges back in the 1980s, and once you’ve got an LPG tank as part of your home, appliances can be hooked into the infrastructure with a small amount of contracted labour. While slightly more involved than installing an electric appliance, the cost savings for LPG as a fuel source will pay back the light increase in installation cost in short order.
LPG Safety Concerns and Maintenance
Many people unfamiliar with LPG appliances have a fear of explosions, in part due to unfamiliarity with flammable liquids in general. LPG has an ignition temperature ranging between 480 and 510 degrees; petrol for your automobile has an ignition temperature of 297 degrees. The primary risks with an LPG fuel system come from the regulator valve; whenever LPG is delivered to your home, the delivery person will inspect your regulator valve for signs of wear, and will do a basic inspection as part of the service delivery.
Beyond this, you should get full regular inspections, particularly when you’re installing or changing out appliances.
In terms of routine operation, exercise common sense:
- Don’t put flammable materials or solvents around your LPG tank, or your LPG regulator system.
- Don’t compromise on LPG safety by keeping tanks that have dents or bulges in them.
- Never hesitate to contact your LPG supplier if you have any safety concerns.
In Case of a Leak
LPG has a “rotten eggs” odour agent added to the mix, which is quite distinctive. If your stove or hot water system starts smelling like acrid rotten eggs, follow common sense guidelines: Avoid doing anything that would strike a spark, shut off the gas, leave the area immediately and contact your local gas supplier to send a technician out to inspect the entire system.
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