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How to store and handle LPG

Liquefied petroleum gas is a key component in every kitchen for it is used in cooking food. But as much as it is versatile, it can also be highly dangerous when not stored and handled properly. 

Fortunately, even when a leak occurs in the LPG cylinder, valve and pipe connection, accidents like gas poisoning and explosion can be prevented or minimized if the cylinder is securely stored and kept in good condition.

Leading LPG provider Solane, shares the following safety tips for storing and handling LPG:

Keep the kitchen well-ventilated when cooking to prevent accumulation of leaked gas particles
Place the LPG cylinder in a well-ventilated area. Ensure that the area is not susceptible to rises in temperature and is kept away from flammable materials, like curtains and solvents. Avoid storing LPG in the basement. LPG vapor is heavier than air and any leakage will sink to the ground, accumulate and may be difficult to disperse. 

Secure the cylinder in place. Position the cylinder upright and make sure that it is not at risk of being tipped over or damaged by children, and that the area is not prone to flooding and other natural disasters. If it is on its side, the liquid may escape. 

Check it for damaged or incorrect parts before using. Ensure that the cylinder has the correct valve, regulator and hose. Do not accept and operate the cylinder without the right and complete parts.

Observe safety when cooking or replacing cylinders. When cooking, keep your kitchen well-ventilated so that any leaked gas particles will not get trapped and accumulate around the kitchen. Never leave your cooking unattended because the pot or pan could overflow and extinguish the burners—causing gas to leak. When changing the cylinder, do not do it near sources of ignition because the naked flame, including cigarette butts, could ignite any released gas. Never forget to turn off the gas appliance and regulator when not in use. 

Proper handling and storing of LPG is important to ensure that it will function properly and people at home are safe from any risks
Always keep the LPG cylinder in good condition. Check for any leak from time to time by rubbing soapy water on the cylinder for even a tiny leak can make a soap bubble. Clean the valve outlet using plastic plugs. Make sure that no dirt and insects get inside the valve outlet. Also, it is recommended to replace the hose every two years and the regulator every five years. 

Never tamper with your cylinder. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the use and maintenance of your LPG cylinder. If you suspect or find anything wrong, call your gas provider immediately and ask for assistance. 

With the Hatid Bahay service, Solane LPG provides the exclusive and free seven-point Safety Check to all its home delivery customers nationwide. Performed by Hatid Bahay riders, it involves the inspection of the environment and proper installation of the LPG cylinder after delivery to ensure the safety of customers. 

For more information or delivery request, visit www.solane.com.ph.or call the Hatid Bahay hotlines at (02) 887-5555 or text 0918-8875555.

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