LPG heater safety checks
With the onset of winter homeowners who use LPG heaters need to ensure the safety of their gas equipment as well as the cylinders they use.
Refilling your LPG cylinder:
• Check that your gas cylinder is correctly filled or exchanged in good time to avoid not being able to get a cylinder.
• When exchanging your empty cylinder for a filled one, make sure that your replacement cylinder has been legally (and safely) filled.
• To do so, check that there is a shrink wrap seal covering the cylinder valve.
• If there is no seal or if the seal is clear (no writing or branding) do not accept the cylinder.
• If the seal only has the words LPG or LPGas printed on it, do not accept the cylinder – even if the seal is a coloured one.
• The only acceptable seal is one that has the same branding (logo/name) on the seal as is on
the body of the cylinder itself.
Connecting your new cylinder
• NB: Always make sure you are working in a well-ventilated area.
• Roll-about heaters are connected to the LPG cylinder via an orange hose and a regulator – the regulator screws into the cylinder valve.
• Always ensure that the cylinder valve is closed before loosening/removing the regulator.
• Check that there is a rubber seal on the end of the regulator. The rubber seal is also referred to as a bullnose, O-ring or washer, and is the seal between the regulator and the cylinder valve.
• Ensure that the rubber seal is located on the end of the regulator and is in good condition and not perished, cracked or damaged in any way. The seals can become brittle over time, may split or even become lodged inside the valve of the LPG cylinder.
• A damaged seal is a prime cause of gas leaks. Seals should be checked regularly.
• Remember, the regulator has a left-hand thread. So, to connect the regulator, you need to turn it in an anti-clockwise direction. To remove the regulator, turn it clockwise.
Checking for gas leaks
• Once you have connected the regulator to the cylinder valve, open the valve one and a half turns only – it is not necessary to open it further.
• Before igniting the heater, wait a half a minute or so to see if there is any smell of gas.
• If there is a smell, immediately close the valve and take the cylinder and heater to an LPG dealer to check and, if necessary, service the heater.
• You can also check for a leak by applying a soapy water solution on all joints. The soapy solution will create bubbles if the gas is leaking.
• Once you have checked for leaks you should lift the gas cylinder into the housing behind the LPG heater and close the housing panel or backing plate.
• It is important that the LPG cylinder is located in the space at the back of the heater to prevent the cylinder being knocked over.
• Make sure you use the correct size of cylinder for the heater you are using.
• Once the cylinder is safely in place, ignite the heater.
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