Today, many homes and restaurants use LPG gas cylinders and burners. These people are in search of easier and faster options for everything including cooking. By using gas cylinders and burners, foods can be prepared and served quickly at home and eateries.
However, cooking gas in cylinders is risky and dangerous. Many gas explosions through careless handling have led to burns and losses.
To prevent such horrible incidents; here are precautions to observe if you use gas cylinders for cooking:
- It is essential to first take the time to make sure you know and study the safety tips. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines carefully;
- Keep track of the expiry days of the product. The use of a cooking gas cylinder must not exceed 5 years.
- Do not buy fairly used Gas cylinders.
- Gas cylinders should be place in vertical position except otherwise instructed.
- Before connecting a gas cylinder to any pipe network, make sure the pipes are suitable for the type of gas and the pressure involved. The pipes must also be fitted properly to the gas cylinder.
- Right usage is important. Some cylinders are meant for home while some are meant for commercial kitchens. Ensure you have the right cylinders by checking the manuals.
- Do not drop or drag a gas cylinder on the floor.
- Gas cylinders must be placed in a safe place on a flat surface, and stored in a dry place.
- When you smell gas leakages, don’t turn on phone nor switch an electric socket or light a match; just open your window and allow the gas smell to evaporate.
- Ensure Gas cylinders are stored in well ventilated building, reserved specifically for its purpose, not in other building reserved for other purposes.
- Gas cylinders should be stored away from inflammable materials that can lead to explosion.
- Gas cylinders must be protected from external heat sources even when empty as it may have mechanical effect on them.
- Gas cylinders must be clearly marked to show what they contain, and the hazards associated with the content.
- Cylinders must be stored where they are not vulnerable to hazards caused by impact e.g. vehicles
- Do not fill gas cylinders yourself, only trained personnel assigned for that purpose should undertake that.
- Customers must take note of cylinders expiry dates. Expiry dates can be found on the metal strip that connects the body of the cylinder to the handle. The strip has any of the alphabets A- D painted on it along with a number. Decoding the expiry date is very simple. The alphabets indicate the month while the numbers indicate the year. A year is divided into four quarters.
A- January to March
B- April to June
C- July to September
D- October to December
If your cylinder has its expiry dates as B’19, it means the expiry date is June 2019
Companies that deal in Liquefied Petroleum Gas include Oando, Conoil, and BOC.