LPG Safety

Safety

Gas

Smell for a leak

In its natural state LPG is colorless and odorless. To make it even safer to use, a very strong flavor is deliberately added.  If you smell gas, NEVER check for the leak with a naked flame. Do not touch electrical switches and do not use cell phones, in the vicinity of the leak. Open all doors and windows to allow fresh air into the room. Turn off the valve of the cylinder and if possible, move it outdoors. Allow enough time for all the gas to leave the room before re-entering. When the smell has completely gone, take the cylinder to your nearest LPG dealer and have him check it professionally.

A good ventilation system is required when using gas

When using a large gas appliance (room or water heater for example), make sure the room has good ventilation. Leave open a window or door in the room.

Regular check

Regularly check the rubber seals (washers) on the valve, the appliances and the connecting hoses. If they are worn, don't attempt to repair them yourself. Take your cylinder to your nearest LPG dealer for a free safety check.

If your cylinder has been involved in a fire, don't attempt to use it. Have it checked by your dealer.

In case of Gas leaks inside a building

Switch on the emergency valve on the outside wall of the building. Extinguish all naked flames immediately. Do not operate any electrical equipment and be aware of any equipment which may switch on or off automatically. Do not touch electrical switches and do not use cell phones in the vicinity of the leak. Open all doors and windows to ventilate the building. Contact your installer or the engineer who maintains your appliances.

In case of Gas leaks outside the building

Turn off the gas at the main shut off valve under the tank hood. Extinguish all naked flames immediately. Do not use cell phones in the vicinity of the leak. Contact Total Ethiopia SC immediately.

If there is a fire

Firstly, don't panic! Try to turn off the valve of the bottle using a damp cloth or towel to protect your hand.  Then use the same wet towel to smother the flames. If you cannot reach the cylinder, move everything that could catch a light away from the bottle. Get out of the room. Call the Fire Department (939) and tell them that LPG is involved.

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