At Envirogas , we take Health and Safety matters seriously. We are committed to causing no harm to people and to protect our Environment. The safety of our customers, neighbours, staff and the Environment is of paramount importance to us. This is reflected by our commitment to ensuring that all our Agents adhere to the Laws of Zimbabwe and are licensed by Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA), Fire Department and Environmental Management Authority (EMA). Envirogas is a member of the Liquified Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Zimbabwe (LPGSAZ) which promote Best Practice and Global Standards on Safety.
LP gas (Liqufied Petroleum gas) is a highly flammable gas and is dangerous if not used safely. At Enviro Gas we strive to help you to understand how to safely use LP gas and minimise the risk of accidents that may be caused by misuse of the gas.
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
- LPG is odorless. A stench agent is added to allow detection of leaks
- LPG will cause natural rubber and some plastics to deteriorate. Only use approved or certified hoses and connections designed for gas – never use home-made ones.
- LPG is highly flammable. It must be stored in well ventilated areas away from sources of ignition.
- LPG is nontoxic, however it has an anesthetic effect when mixed with air in high concentrations. The greater the concentration, the greater the risk of suffocation as available oxygen declines
Below are some safety tips when using LP Gas cylinders:
- Always use gas cylinder in an upright position ensure that there is adequate ventilation
- always read the manufacturers operating instructions
- do not connect or disconnect cylinders near a naked flame
- do not use LPG in windy conditions
- always keep cylinders cool and away from flames, sparks and heat.
- All Cylinders must be equipped pressure regulators when in use. The regulator must be designed specifically for either propane or Butane (use the correct regulator for the type of gas in use). A regulator will regulate pressure when temperatures change.
- Always use a hose designed for LPG, with clamps on both ends. Hoses deteriorate over time and should be replaced at least every 2 years
- Do not smoke while connecting the equipment
- Do not check for leaks with a flame
LP Gas appliance safety tips
- Before getting started:
- Make sure your cylinder is not overfilled when refilling. The capacity of the cylinder is usually written on the side.
- Make sure your gas connections are tight.
- Turn on the cylinder valve and test for leaks. Get into the habit of regularly checking for leaks every time you use your LP Gas appliance.
- After you have finished using your LP Gas appliance, you should always close the cylinder valve first before turning off the LP Gas appliance.
- Keep your LP Gas appliance clean and in good condition.
- LPG appliances can emit carbon monoxide if they are not burning properly, so make sure your appliance is working properly and is serviced regularly.
- Gas cylinders are required to be replaced or re-tested and stamped every 10 years. You can find the expiry date and other information stamped on the neck of the cylinder.
- If the cylinder is more than 10 years passed its stamped date, the cylinder cannot be refilled.
- Do not attempt to refill dented, damaged or corroded cylinders. They must be returned to a test station for re-certification.
If you Smell Gas
- Turn off the valve of the cylinder
- Extinguish naked flames
- Open doors and windows for ventilation
- If leak is on the Cylinder, move it to a well-ventilated area
- Do not smoke or operate any electrical equipment which may cause ignition
In the Case of Fire
- If the fire is indoors, evacuate everyone from the premises
- Call the Fire Brigade and tell them the fire is involving LPG