In the effort to ensure carbon-zero emissions, LPG is the key to the transition. The liquified petroleum gas contains butane and propane, which are the by-products released during the processing and refining of crude oil. As propane and butane are non-toxic gases and have clean burning, it makes LPG, a versatile fuel for light, medium and heavy-duty activities. Hence, LPG became a ubiquitous oil for commercial, industrial and domestic applications. LPG can be easily connected to any appliance, and decrease the dependency on electricity. But, as LPG is a flammable gas, it is a must for any LPG user to be vigilant, and maintain the appliances regularly connected with the LPG gas manifold.
If you have an LPG connection at your home, you must keep it regularly checked by your LPG gas dealership. But that’s not enough to maintain the LPG gas appliances, for which we have curated an exclusive list of tips, in no particular order which you must use as a checklist to ensure the safety and efficiency of the appliances operated by liquified petroleum gas.
LPG gas is connected to the appliances either through pipeline connection, or independent cylinder connection. Even in cylinders, there are two different types of cylinders LOT connection (Liquid off-take), and VOT connection (Vapour off-take), if the cylinder is connected to more than one appliance, LOT is better than VOT. Depending on the manifold, maintenance is required, for pipeline connections, make it a ritual of yearly, or bi-yearly maintenance. In the inspection process, ask your dealership to get professionals who are qualified for a complete evaluation. Checking of the hoses, cracks, or leaks allows for the identification of the performance of the appliance.
Familiarise yourself with the manufacturer’s guidelines on safety instructions. While using LPG appliances, one must not try and experiment, but rather consult customer service, or follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure proper operation of the appliance. As the manufacturer’s guidelines include how to operate, maintain and dispose of, helps in better utilisation of the appliance, hence ensuring the safety and efficiency of the appliance.
Never store highly flammable items in the same room with LPG-powered appliances. With LPG being highly flammable, accompanying other flammable products in enclosed environments can pose a threat to the safety of life and property. Some of the products you must avoid keeping along with LPG gas appliances are gasoline, spray paints, solvents, insecticides, varnish, insect foggers, alcohol, alcohol-contained cleaning products, and other pressurised containers.
More often than not, the problem arises from the connection of the manifold. This is why, keeping an eye on the manifold, is as important as other tips mentioned in the blog till now. To keep the manifold maintenance-free, you must replace old rusty manifolds with new ones. Other than that, while replacing the old cylinder connected with the manifold with a new one, you must follow the proper safety protocols. This can help precautionary safety guidelines with LPG gas connections.
To avoid any leakage, one must begin with the proper installation of the appliances with the cylinder. You can either do it by yourself by following the manufacturer's guidelines or book an appointment with your LPG gas dealership, to get it installed by a professional.
Every appliance is designed for a designated role. It is important to use it in a rightful manner. Some of the appliances that can be connected to LPG are water heaters, cooking stoves, generators, and many more. Use the appliances as suggested in the user manual. Avoiding using ovens for heating home, or outdoor barbeque, if these are not designed for this. Using the appliances according to their intended purpose helps in maintaining a safe environment, and avoiding problems that can go out of control easily.
LPG-connected appliances must be kept in a well-ventilated area. As LPG gas is odourless and colourless, it is extremely difficult to detect gas leaks quickly. Leaking gas can quickly fill in a room, and reduce the breathable air, hence it can be extremely dangerous for asphyxiation hazards. To avoid this, well-ventilation is extremely crucial for storing LPG, and LPG-operated appliances. In some cases, Ethyl Mercaptan detector is added to detect possible leakage.
Small efforts can have a big impact. This is true for using LPG-powered appliances. Turning off the appliances when not in use is one of the easiest processes to maintain the appliances, and avoid gas leakage. As a thumb rule, before you are off to sleep or leave the house, it is recommended to turn off all the appliances leaving no room for error.
Shivgas is a leading private LPG gas company in India, with prominence in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, and Assam. We at Shivgas, prioritise safety and well-being, for which safety training of staff, spreading awareness, and providing safety pamphlets is an effort to improve the way you handle LPG gas.
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