Lately on our tiny island there has been one too many incidents concerning gas cylinders. Am one to hate these with a passion, and have opted not to have any at home. However my neighbours and most of you do. So we need to be aware of what to check to make sure we are all safe!
The suggestions being brought forward are the following:
- Cylinders should never be laid down horizontally. It is important that they are always used in an upright position.
- Ideally, you should not keep empty cylinders at home. They should be returned as soon as possible.
- Make sure that there is an adequate supply of air in the room where the gas-powered appliance is used. Especially now in winter, make sure you do not use a gas heater in an enclosed space, always have a window slightly open.
- When a gas cylinder is emptied and needs changing, this should ideally be changed outside. However if this is not possible, make sure to do this away from any sources of ignition… and for Heaven’s sake, don’t smoke whilst doing this!
- From time to time you should check for any leakages. To do so, check between the regulator and gas cylinder by putting soap and water on the joint. The formation of soap bubbles indicates a gas leak.
- If a leak is suspected, the gas should immediately be turned off, the regulator removed and the room ventilated. Call for assistance!
- Gas installations, including the regulator, hoses and appliance should be checked at least once a year by a qualified person and any parts that need replacing should be replaced immediately.
- Inspect the hose connecting the gas cylinder to the appliance from time to time and change it every five years maximum.