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What practices do you use when storing LPG cylinders at home?

Many households in NSW will have at least one cylinder of LPG (propane aka liquefied petroleum gas) in their home somewhere. Is kept for the next family BBQ or a half empty cylinder stored somewhere around the house for other energy needs (such as those outdoor portable gas heaters for those cold winters night)?

So, what practices are you using when storing your full or half empty LPG cylinder? Are they stored in a poorly ventilated area or somewhere close to ignition sources? Perhaps it is stored in the garage next to your biggest ignition source – your car?

According to the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code, LPG is classified as a Dangerous Good. It is pressurized

LPG cylinder stored next to car in enclosed space.

LPG cylinder stored next to car in enclosed space.

into liquid when stored in the gas cylinder. This chemical is highly flammable and if it goes off, it produces acrid smoke and irritating fumes. Moreover, poor handling and storage systems may cause other health and safety issues such as (ELGAS, 2016):

  • Cold burns to the eyes,
  • Cold burns to the skin, and
  • Difficulty in breathing.

To keep you family safe, there are a number of best practices for storing LPG cylinders including (ELGAS, 2016 & SafeWork Victoria, 2016):

  • Reduce the number of gas cylinders stored in your home,
  • Avoid indoor storage of gas cylinders, whether full or half empty,
  • Gas cylinders should be kept upright at all times in a well-ventilated area,
  • Store gas cylinders away from ignition sources such as open flame, heat, spark etc.
  • Gas cylinders should be stored in locations where they are protected from any physical impact or damage, and
  • Gas cylinders should be stored with their valves closed when not in use.

Next time you take an LPG cylinder home, think about best practices to ensure a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.

 

Bibliography

  1. (2016). Indoor Storage of LPG Gas Bottles. Retrieved from http://www.elgas.com.au/blog/460-indoor-storage-of-lpg-gas-bottles
  2. (2016). MSDS for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPGas). Retrieved from http://www.elgas.com.au/msds-material-safety-data-sheet-lpg-lp-gasMSDS
  3. SafeWork Victoria. (2013). Factsheet – More Information About Using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Cylinders. Retrieved from

http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/info/publications/information-about/using-lpg-cylinders

 

Alice Cheng

Struggling to see? Chemical safety when vision deteriorates

Are you having difficulty reading the label on your medications? Perhaps you are having difficulty reading the instructions on the new bottle of furniture polish you purchased? How important is it to read the warning and safe use information on familiar products?
The answer is: it is very important! We take for granted our familiarity with the products we routinely buy – the Domestos in the bathroom for example. But labels have changed and accidents do happen.
For instance, did you know that labelling of hazardous chemicals have changed and this means that some of the pictures used to classify the safety of products look a little different? These pictures give us clear advice regarding the safety requirements of the substance at hand which in turn guides the precautions we should take when handling it. Are you familiar with these new pictures?
The requirement and ability to read the fine print is a task we take for granted until an emergency situation happens and the information available has the potential to save lives. Use of, and ready access to, glasses/magnifying aids are important and taking the time to read labels, especially those with safety symbols or those relating to medication dosage and type, is especially important to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.
Have no doubt “read it out!”
As we become more technologically savvy there will be better ways to support access to information for those of us with deteriorating vision, however in the meantime, having access to aids that assist us in reading fine print labels as well as an understanding of common pictures included in safety labels, is vital to ensuring correct use of a product and the safety of yourself and those around you.

Daniella Polita