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Gas safety in caravans

 

While caravans are built for relaxation you still need to make sure gas appliances and installations are safe:

  • Most importantly - never use the gas cooker as a heater.
  • Get the gas installations on your caravan checked once a year by a licensed gas fitter.
  • Keep the caravan well ventilated as gas appliances need a lot of fresh air to work properly.
  • Never use damaged or corroded cylinders. LPG is stored under pressure and a faulty cylinder may leak or rupture. Check for dents or corrosion, especially around the base.
  • Always store your cylinders upright. Lying a cylinder down brings liquid in contact with the safety valve, preventing correct operation. Cylinders larger than 2.25kg should be housed in a compliant enclosure like an LPG locker.
  • Check gas connections regularly. You can do this yourself with soapy water. Here’s how: Apply soapy water to the cylinder connections and turn on the cylinder. If bubbles appear, you have a leak. Close the valve and call an LPG service agent or take your cylinder in to be checked. After use, turn off the cylinder valve before turning off the appliance – this allows the hose to empty.
  • Keep the cylinder away from heat and flames – even if it is empty.
  • If you smell gas, turn off the cylinder valve if it’s safe to do so, get people out of the area, turn off all appliances and ventilate your caravan. Don’t use any electrical devices , including switches and phones, until the air is clear.
  • In the event of a fire, dial 111 for the fire service. Remember to tell them that an LPG cylinder is involved, and make sure everyone gets out of the caravan and waits in a safe place well away. If it’s safe to do so, turn off all LPG valves.
  • Never tamper with the valve. Don’t attempt to repair or remove your cylinder valves. If it sticks or gets damaged, tell the supplier.
  • Don’t try to fill your own cylinder - only trained people using special equipment can do this safely.

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Last updated 22 August 2016