Staying safe with Gas

Gas is a great form of energy for homes – make the most of it by using it safely

Keep it safe with LPG appliances

  • Never use an LPG cabinet heater in bedrooms or bathrooms. Ventilation can’t be guaranteed, no matter how big the room is
  • Good ventilation is super important. If you’re using an unflued portable gas heater, always keep a window or door slightly open
  • LPG can cause some natural rubber and plastics to break down, so always use hoses especially designed for LPG. In New Zealand hoses are marked with the letters ‘LPG’ as well as other specifications – so always check
  • Sometimes gas fails to ignite properly. If that happens, turn off the supply and wait a couple of minutes, to let unburnt gas disappear before you try again
  • Never connect LPG to appliances that have been set up for natural gas – it could damage them

Important tips for LPG cylinders

We’ll always run a safety check on your 45kg cylinders when we come and swap empty cylinders for full ones, but here are some important safety tips you should follow for large and small LPG cylinders.

  • We recommend that you use a certified gasfitter for fitting/changes/repairs to your LPG system – Contact us to find a gasfitter in your area
  • Always keep LPG cylinders upright – if you lie them down the safety valve will be compromised
    • Always secure 9kg cylinders when you’re moving them in your vehicle – never let them roll around
    • Don’t expose cylinders to excessive heat and never leave them in a vehicle in the sun
    • Keep the hose from your heater or BBQ gently curved to avoid kinks and damage
    • Make sure your 9kg cylinder has a current test date stamped on the neck. Gas cylinders need to be certified every 10 years. Your local refilling station will show you where the test date is written
    • Use soapy water to check if your cylinder is leaking. If you see bubbles then there’s probably a leak. Turn off the valve, move the cylinder to a ventilated area, then contact your gas supplier. NEVER USE A MATCH to find a leak
    • Activities that might cause a spark, like welding or grinding, need to be done well away from LPG cylinders

Staying safe with Auto LPG

Like all fuels used for vehicles, there are important safety guides to remember with LPG.

Built in safety features

There are a number of built in safety features in LPG fuel tanks:

  • They’re manufactured to withstand the impact of an accident
  • The fuel supply is automatically shut off to the engine if the engine stops or the ignition is switched off
  • The manual service valve at the tank allows the system to be easily and securely turned off
  • If a fire occurs, the fuel tank will vent its contents from the safety valve to avoid any over pressure situations

What to do in an accident or fire

  • Turn off the manual service valve on the fuel tank in the boot, or under the rear of the vehicle if the tank is an under floor installation
    • Ensure there are no ignition sources near the vehicle
    • Look after your own safety. Call for emergency help immediately

What to do if a vehicle gas leak occurs

  • Turn off the vehicle’s ignition
  • Turn off the manual service valve located on the fuel tank in the boot, or underneath the vehicle
  • Ensure there are no ignition sources near the vehicle
  • If the vehicle is indoors or in a poorly ventilated area, call the fire service immediately
  • If the leak is small and the vehicle is outdoors in a well ventilated area, call an LPG installer or motor mechanic immediately to attend to the leak
  • If in doubt call the fire service on 111

What to do if a site gas leak occurs

If you detect a strong smell of LPG:

  • Tell the service station staff straight away
  • If you are at an un-manned site remove yourself immediately but DO NOT move your vehicle.
    Call the emergency site helpline 0800 574 737 to report

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