Nov 4, 2023
Gas Cylinder Safety Precautions: Tips to Follow at Home
In 1965, Indian Oil introduced liquified petroleum gas (LPG) to the Indian households. Their intention was for Indian households to switch to a cleaner source of cooking gas (in the form of LPG) from the source of wood and kerosene. Today, millions of households have switched to this cleaner form of cooking gas. Being a by-product of natural gas, there are risks related to the cylinders in which the LPG is stored. If you are a user of the LPG cylinder, the following tips might help you ensure safe experience while using it.
Safety Tips While Using LPG Cylinders
Follow these safety precautions related to gas cylinders and minimise the risks while using it:
Place it in a cool, isolated spot
If you are using a cylinder or have recently purchased a new one, you should place the cylinder in an isolated spot. It is always advised to place the cylinder in a spot where there is less of a clutter of items. Also, it is important to place it in a spot where the room temperature is cool and not high. If it is placed in a spot where the temperature is higher than normal, it might increase the temperature of the cylinder externally, thus also increasing the temperature of the gas in the cylinder.
Purchase from an authorised distributer
In India, HP, BP, and Indian Oil are some of the major companies providing LPG cylinders to households. They do this through local gas supplying agencies. Most of these agencies are authorised directly by the company to sell them to customers. So, the next time you place an order, make sure you check that the agency is authorised by the company. You can check for their information on the internet.
Always switch off the supply knob on the regulator
You must have noticed a knob on the regulator which is connected to your LPG cylinder. This knob is used to turn on or turn off the supply to the stove. When the cylinder is not in use, it might benefit you to turn off the knob. This ensures that the supply is regulated, and there is no wastage of gas. It also minimises the risk of seepage of gas from the cylinder if any part is damaged, thus averting any mishaps.
Ensure proper ventilation at all times
When using the cylinder, make sure you keep the windows, and doors if any, open. This serves two purposes. Firstly, it maintains proper ventilation and flow of cold air, especially in the kitchen, thus also keeping the cylinder always cool. Secondly, if there is seepage of gas, the gas will be directed out of the kitchen by the flowing wind. It is important to remember that if you do smell gas, turn off the regulator and the gas stove immediately. Do not turn on any electrical appliances. Get in touch with your distributor, who will send a mechanic for checking the seepage.
Turn the burners off
Often, people forget to turn off the burners on the stove. Even if you turn off the regulator knob, keeping the stove burner on increases the risk of an accident. When the regulator knob is turned on, the gas will rush to the burner from the cylinder. There is a possibility that the flame could be higher when you light the burner. This can cause severe damage, such as burn injuries. Always double check if the burners have been turned off, to avoid any mishaps. If you do end up getting burn injuries, your health insurance will cover the cost of treatment.
Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under health insurance policy.
Get the parts checked periodically
When it comes to using an LPG cylinder, safety and maintenance is not limited to just the cylinder, but also to the parts used with it. It is important that you check the condition and working of the regulator periodically. This can help address any damage caused to it, before it’s too late. Similarly, check if the supply pipe is also in a good condition. It is generally advised to change the pipe every 3-5 years for a safe user experience. Always get these safety checks done from your authorized distributer’s mechanic.
What Other Precautions Can You Take?
While there are many precautions you can take to ensure safety when using a gas cylinder at home, an additional precautionary measure that you can take is by purchasing a home insurance policy.
Below mentioned is an overview of the coverage offered under the policy:
You can visit the insurer’s website to check the complete list of coverage offered under the policy. Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under home insurance policy.
- Fire damage*
- Damage caused to the property due to natural disasters*
- Damage caused to the property by the third-party*
By following the safety precautions given above, you can ensure your experience of using a gas cylinder to be safer. You can always get in touch with the mechanic for any doubts you may have regarding the usage and maintenance of the cylinder and its parts.
*Standard T&C Apply
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