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Safety and maintenance tips for domestic LPG cylinders

The government’s strong push to provide clean cooking fuel in every household has resulted in making India the world’s second largest LPG consumer. This demand is projected to rise 34% by 2025. This popular energy source is present either in the form of an LPG cylinder or a pipe connection directly to the top of the stove. While operating an LPG gas cylinder, you must always equip yourself with knowledge on handling any situation concerning your cylinder.

Buying an LPG gas Cylinder? Know these simple Tips

  • Purchase your cylinder from Total’s authorized distributors to ensure you are getting product of genuine quality.
  • Check that the seal and safety cap are intact and confirm the date on cylinder to ensure it is within the tested period 
  • Ensure that the cylinder is carried in the upright position to the desired place and not dragged or rolled as it can damage the cylinder.
  • Place the LPG cylinder vertically on a stable surface and ensure that the area is well-ventilated.
  • It is recommended to use regulators purchased from Total’s authorized distributors which conform to the safety standards and comply with the statutory norms and safety guidelines. The size of the pressure regulators issued by the government oil companies differ from that of the private companies and therefore are not  interchangeable.

Things to keep in mind while using an LPG Cylinder 

  • Do not spray chemicals or other flammable solutions near the open flame.
  • Do not leave the utensil unattended while cooking on LPG to avoid spillage on burner.
  • Avoid keeping paper or plastic products near the flame as they can catch fire.
  • Don’t use a cloth to grip the vessel kept on the stove as it may catch fire. Instead, use a pair of kitchen tongs or fire-resistant mitts.
  • Do not store any chemicals/acids near the cylinder on the floor.

Maintenance tips

  • Never tamper with the hose, valve pin or the regulator.
  • Check the LPG hose regularly for any signs of wear and tear.
  • Avoid curtains, blinds or any other flammable objects near the stove which can catch fire.
  • Do not keep any electric appliances or cables near the stove. Most appliances release constant heat/sparks that can be dangerous if kept near the burner.
  • Retain the safety cap with the nylon thread attached to it and replace the regulator with the cap when the cylinder is not in use for a long period.

IN CASE OF LEAK

  • Do not use the gas stove in case you suspect a leak. Switch off the regulator and burner knob and open the kitchen windows.
  • Turn off the main power supply from outside
  • Since LPG is a heavier than air, it tends to settle towards the bottom of the floor so use all ventilations possible to disperse the gas
  • Put off all flames, incense sticks and lamps and do not switch on or off any electrical switches/appliances
  • Contact your authorized distributor or Total’s Toll-free Number - 1800 102 3339
  • In case of a fire, inform the fire brigade services immediately – Dial 101