Gas cylinder storage safely
14 January 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201813166
THERE are specific guidelines that should always be followed when storing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders. These help to prevent unnecessary accidents that could cause serious damage.
• When using LPG indoors always keep a window open for purposes of ventilation.
• Always ensure that you have received your gas cylinder from a reputable dealer, do this by checking that the seal on the valve matches the logo on the cylinder. If this is not the case your cylinder may be illegally filled.
• In accordance with SANS 10087-1, a maximum of 9kg of LPG is allowed inside a flat and a total capacity of 19kg should not be kept or installed inside a house.
• When a cylinder is stored outside, it must be kept in a cool area and should be protected from sunlight, rain, frost, wet soil and corrosive conditions.
• Gas cylinders should be stored in an upright position and secured to a stable structure using a non-conductive belt or chain.
• Each cylinder’s contents should be clearly labelled on the packaging.
• Do not smoke or create any naked flame near the area where the cylinder is stored.
• LPG cylinders should not be stored near any corrosive chemicals that could cause damage to the cylinder (metal). This could cause rusting and ultimately leaking.
• Gas cylinders should never be near any combustible or explosive materials or things that could spark combustion.
• Ensure the storage space is not near busy areas such as passageways, exits, elevators, stairs, and emergency exit. This reduces the chances of someone knocking over or bumping the cylinder.
• The cylinders need to be accessible in case of an emergency. This means the area should be labelled with appropriate signage.
In the case of a fire, all cylinder valves should be closed. The LPG cylinders should be removed from the vicinity of the fire. Those which cannot be removed should be cooled with water from a safe distance. Every effort should be made to keep cylinders cool. Emergency services should be contacted as soon as possible.
Gas cylinders should be safely stored away from combustibles and any external elements that could spark a fire. The storage location should be carefully controlled and continuously monitored.
In the workplace, it is important that proper safety protocol for storing such materials is clearly defined and frequently reviewed. Labelling the storage area with safety signs and protocol standards helps keep safety at top of mind.
- Info courtesy of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of South Africa.