What to do if your LPG gas cylinder is leaking

Gas stove
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Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders have made cooking more convenient, replacing traditional wood-fired hearths and kerosene stoves, however, it's crucial to handle the cylinders with care to avoid potentially fatal accidents. Here are some safety measures to take if you suspect a gas leak:

1. Turn off the regulator
Immediately turn off the cylinder regulator and close the cylinder’s nozzle with the safety cap.

2. Ensure proper ventilation
In case of a leakage, open windows and doors in the room where the cylinder is kept to facilitate free movement of air. Since LPG is heavier than air, proper ventilation can help restrict the spread of cooking gas.

3. Eliminate fire hazards
Plug all holes to reduce the chance of fire. Extinguish lit lamps and incense sticks, and keep highly inflammable objects in open places.

4. Avoid using electrical appliances
Do not use electrical appliances if there is a gas leak. Avoid turning on or off electric switches. It is better to disconnect the electricity supply.

LPG Gas cylinders for home use
LPG Gas cylinders for home use. Photo: iStock/Manivannan Thirugnanasambandam

5. Contact the LPG dealer
After taking the necessary precautions, contact your LPG dealer for immediate assistance.

6. Move the cylinder
If possible, carry the leaking gas cylinder to an open space and wrap it with a wet cloth.

7. Seek expert help
Do not attempt to repair or inspect the leaking gas cylinder yourself. Seek expert advice and ensure that everyone in the house moves to a safe open area.

How to use gas cylinders safely

  • Avoid heat and sparks: Keep the gas cylinder in a cool place, away from direct sunlight and sources of sparks.
  • Keep vertical: Always store cylinders in an upright position.
  • Ensure air circulation: Do not store cylinders in cabinets without proper ventilation.
  • Check the tube: Regularly check the tube connecting the gas stove to the cylinder. Have it inspected by gas distribution dealers and replace old tubes with new ones as needed.
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