Gas cylinder: 5 things to avoid for safety measures

Here are five safety measure tips to take while using a gas cylinder, to avoid explosions at home.

Avoid shaking of gas cylinder as it can cause explosion

Whatever that has an advantage has a disadvantage. The world is experiencing rapid growth in technology, and its side effect should not be overlooked.

Gas is one of the fastest means of cooking, although the disadvantageous side of using Gas for cooking should not be underestimated.

Lots of kitchen hazard prevention tips have flooded the internet; despite these prevention tips, gas users still fail to adhere to simple warnings. Gas, as we all know, is very deadly when mishandled.

Now and then we hear cases of gas explosions. What might be the cause? Is it a case of ignorance or the conscious neglection of warnings?

While some explosions happen due to conscious risks, others happen out of complete ignorance.

This article will educate you more on the safety measures you need to adhere to whenever you are using your gas cylinder.

Here are five things you do with your gas cylinder that may be endangering your life unknowingly.

1. Do not fill the gas cylinder to the brim to leave room for gas expansion.

Filling your gas cylinder to the brim means overfilling gas into your cylinder. While most people perform this act out of ignorance, others accept the risk of explosion and still fill their cylinder to the brim just so the gas duration should last longer.

It is bad and highly risky to fill up your gas cooking cylinder to the brim, the reason being that Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP Gas) naturally expands and so cylinders are supposed to be filled to about 80 to 85 per cent leaving the rest of the percentage to take care of the gas expansion.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas is flammable hydrocarbon gases liquefied through pressurisation, including propane, butane and isobutane.

Its constituent is flammable hydrocarbon fuel gases used for LPG heating, cooking and vehicles.

2. Do not shake the gas cylinder to avoid pressure buildup

Gas, as we know, is an explosive substance. Most people shake their gas cylinders to determine the leftover quantity of gas remaining in the cylinder.

However, what most people don't know is that excessive shaking of the gas cylinder is completely wrong as it can cause an explosion.

When the cylinder holding the gas can no longer contain the pressure inside it due to the high temperature generated by excessive shaking, the result can lead to an explosion.

It is advisable to get a measuring regulator if you wish to know what's left of your gas.

Another method is to put one side of the cylinder in a water bath. Get a large bowel and fill it with water, enough to cover the height of the cylinder. Insert the cylinder inside the water bath. Wait for some time and remove the cylinder.

The used top part of the cylinder will be dry of water droplets, while the lower part of the cylinder that still has leftover gas will be wet with water droplets.

3. Always store gas cylinders outside your house

Most people take the risk of keeping their gas cylinders indoor despite warnings. It's very wrong to store your cylinder inside your house -the reason being that LPG is dangerous if getting leaked inside a room.

That is, Incase of any undetected leak, the slightest fire ignition may result in an explosion.

It's best to keep your cylinders outside your apartment and away from direct sunlight, combustion material, and fuel.

It is always essential to check gas cylinder tubes as it performs a critical function in your gas cylinder. These rubber tubings serve as extra blockages from gas leaks.

Without these rubber tubings, your cylinder may leak (if you have a bad valve) and if the leakage is undetected, an explosion may occur due to any fire ignition.

It is a healthy practice to check your cylinder when refilling your gas to see if the rubber is appropriately intact. If you find and deform in the rubber tube, it's most advisable to change it immediately.

Once you noticed the smell of sulphur or rotten eggs, a hissing or whistling sound near a gas line or a white cloud or dust cloud near a gas line, then you should apply precautions for they are signs of a leaking gas cylinder.

4. Always Keep gas cylinders upright at all time.

To help ensure the proper operation of the Pressure Relief Valve, keep your gas cylinder standing upright at all times.

The reason is that If the cylinder is placed in any other position other than upright, liquid LPG may gush out of the open valve creating a dangerous situation.

It is advisable to keep your cylinders upright and secured in place by a chain or any other restraining material.

5. Ensure proper regulation of flames from the gas stove

The flame in gas stoves can be controlled easily by turning the gas cylinder knob between low, medium, or high. Make sure the fire never reaches out from under the pot, as that may expose your fingers to the heat.

The burners must be turned on only while cooking. Leaving the flame unattended to while not cooking may lead to accidents or fire hazards. If the spark does not light up as soon as the burner is turned on, you must turn it off and wait for a few seconds before trying again.