LPG cylinder handling and use

  • Do not store or use bottles in the horizontal position. A leak could be very serious and liquid could enter gas lines.
  • Do not drop bottles off vehicles or platforms, as damage to bottles and valves can be caused.
  • Always display safety and operating notices prominently.
  • Don't change or store bottles in the presence of naked flames.
  • Trace leaks using liquid detergent solution, NEVER a naked flame.
  • Never store or use below ground level, as any leakage will collect at low levels. Storage should be well ventilated.
  • Don't use tools to operate bottle valves.
  • Propane bottles should not be used indoors for domestic appliances, due to their higher pressure.
  • Always replace safety caps/plugs when the bottle is empty or not in use.
  • Check hoses regularly. Ensure properly secured with hose clips. If hoses are damaged or showing signs of wear, replace them (using hose of correct quality).
  • To make sure the cylinder is safe to use, you should check its tested date. There are 2 ways to check:
The tested date is printed on the handle: TESTED month - year, in this picture is TESTED 6 - 2012, which means this cylinder is tested in June 2012 and can be used within 5 years to June 2017. After that time, this cylinder is no longer safe to use and is required to be reinspected.

The tested date is printed on the handle like this: month-year/month-year, in this picture is 07-10/07-15, which means this cylinder is tested in July 2010, and can be used to July 2015. After that time, it will be no loger safe to use and should be retested.