Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) has been a popular kitchen fuel for many decades in many homes and businesses because it’s very energy efficient, making it faster to cook food and easier to control for precision cooking.
Despite the popularity of LPG as a convenient, reliable, and cost-efficient fuel, recent news on LPG-related fires has increased people’s concern over the safety of their LPG tanks. However, these accidents are highly preventable if you have the right tank. Buying only from trusted LPG distributors and making necessary safety checks in the kitchen both spell a difference in preventing fires caused by LPG leaks and explosions.
Here are important points that should be checked to ensure that LPG tanks are in good condition:
While most people want to keep their LPG tank hidden in their kitchen cabinets, doing so can be unsafe. LPG tanks need to be placed in a well-ventilated area to make sure that if a leak does occur, there is a way for the gas to escape. Placing the LPG in an open area away from direct sunlight, rain, dust and heat, prevents the buildup of gas, which might cause an explosion if exposed to any ignition source, such as electrical sparks and flames.
The O-ring, which is located inside the valve, primarily works to stop gas from leaking. It needs to be free from scratches or cracks to ensure that it does its job. If the O-ring looks damaged, customers should talk to their local distributor to get it replaced as its repair should only be done by certified personnel.
The regulator that is placed onto your tank is a key part of making the gas usable for cooking. The LPG in the tank is stored at a high pressure so the regulator reduces it to a pressure that the appliances can handle. A faulty regulator could lead to damage to LPG accessories, which is why it is ideal to have it replaced every three years.
- Regulator and Valve Connection
Making sure that the regulator is correctly connected to the valve of the LPG tank is important to make sure that the LPG can flow to appliances without issue. One should also check that the threads of where the regulator is screwed are in good condition to ensure that the regulator is connected properly to prevent leaks.
The hose that connects the LPG tank to the appliance is a common weak point. Hoses that are damaged or past their expiry date may cause a gas leak, so it is important to constantly check their condition and replace it every 2 years, even if it still looks fine. To help keep your hose in good condition, avoid a long hose to reduce bending as that can affect the gas and the sturdiness of the hose.
- Hose Connection
Metal clamps are used to secure the hose to both the LPG regulator and the appliance to tighten the connection. This keeps the hose from moving too much and keeps a tight seal on the whole system to prevent any gas from leaking out.
- Flame Quality
Lastly, one should also check if the burner is producing a blue flame. A blue flame indicates that the gas is being burned efficiently, meaning that the appliance is functioning properly, and the installation was done correctly.
This can feel overwhelming just to make sure your LPG tank is safe and of high quality, but you won’t have to worry about checking all of these parts if you use Solane LPG. As one of the most trusted LPG brands in the country, Solane LPG offers a free 7-point Safety Check for every installation through ts Hatid Bahay delivery. The dedicated riders are there to ensure everything is safe and installed properly, all for free.
Order from your nearest Solane LPG authorized distributor or through the Solane Web Ordering Platform (order.solane.com.ph), the Solane LPG Facebook page (http://m.me/solane.ph), or through the Solane LPG app, and the Hatid Bahay delivery rider will do the check when they deliver your new tank.
With over five decades of experience and expertise in the LPG industry, Solane LPG wants to ensure its customers feel safe by providing quality LPG products and delivering a service that prioritizes safety above all else.
Want to learn more? You may also reach out to the Hatid Bahay Hotline (+632 8887-5555) or send a message to 0918-887-5555 (Smart) / 0917 8977555 (Globe).