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Cooking Gas Cylinder: Safety Tips and The Danger We Live With

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Cooking Gas Cylinder: Safety Tips and The Danger We Live With.

Do you know that the gas cylinder you live with in the kitchen is a time bomb, ready to explode any time?

Like the vehicle tire that has an expiring date, do you equally know that the Gas Cylinder has an expiring date.

Expired LPG Cylinder are not safe for use, so please be careful.The expiring date is coded on the side of the LPG Cylinder in alphabetical order, A,B,C,D in quarters.

A is for March 1st Qtr
B is for June. 2nd Qtr
C is for Sept. 3 re Qtr
D is for Dec 4 th Qtr

There are some two digit number that follows, e.g. D06. The digit stand for the year the validity expires D06 stands for 4th Quarter ( December) 2006.

That is the expiring date of that LPG Cylinder, so be careful to avoid domestic accidents.

Cooking Gas Cylinder Safety Tips

5-point safety check:

Request the LPG delivery man performs the 5-point safety check required by the SCDF (Singapore Civil Defence Force) as follows:

  • Regulator: Check the regulator to ensure it is not worn out or expired. Change the regulator every five years. Use only regulators with the Safety Mark endorsed by SPRING Singapore.
  • Rubber Hose: Check the rubber hose to ensure it is not worn out or expired. Change the rubber hose every two years. Use only hoses endorsed by SPRING Singapore.
  • Hose Clips: Check the hose clips to ensure that they are in good working condition and properly secured.
  • Cylinder: Check the LPG cylinder for cracks.
  • Leak Test: Check for gas leaks by applying soap solution on cylinder joints. The appearance of soap bubbles will indicate a leak point. Do not use an open flame to detect leaks.

LPG maintenance:

  • Always keep the LPG valve / regulator switched off when your gas stove / oven is not in use, especially at night and when going on a holiday.
  • Always store the LPG cylinder in an upright position and away from other combustible and flammable materials. Store no more than one spare LPG cylinder at any given time.
  • Always ventilate your LPG cylinder storage area.
  • Never tamper with your LPG cylinder.
  • Make sure all parts of the installation are in good condition. If you should find anything wrong with any part, contact your distributor immediately and ask for assistance.
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When buying your LPG:

  • Always buy LPG cylinders from our authorised Esso LPG distributors only.
  • When the LPG cylinder is delivered to your home, please check to ensure that the cylinder bears our genuine ExxonMobil seal. The genuine ExxonMobil seal should be present and intact. Do not accept the cylinder if the seal is broken.
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When cooking with LPG:

  • Keep windows open to ventilate your kitchen.
  • Do not place flammable or plastic items near the flame.
  • Turn pan handles away from the flame.
  • Never leave your cooking unattended. The sauce or liquid in your cooking vessel could overflow and extinguish the burners, causing gas to leak.

What you need to do

1. Install an audible smoke detector around your house.

 A fact to be aware of is that having a filled gas cylinder at home invites risk. Most domestic fire outbreaks caused by other factors around the home are not usually detected earlier when there is no detector. Having a detector at home gives early warning signal to potential hazards that would only be magnified with the presence of a gas cylinder.

2. Know the your distributors

Granted, it’s not always possible to know every detail of the gas cylinder you purchase. Ensure to buy both the gas cylinder and gas from an authorised dealer or distributor. Also, check for cylinder validity based on manufacturing. The gas cylinder must be in good condition and not worn out at time of purchase.

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When refilling the gas, do so with the same authorised gas distributor you formerly bought from. What people are not normally aware of is that gases may not always be from the same origin when buying from a different dealer.

3. Ensure proper storage of the gas cylinder

Gas cylinders can be installed either outside or inside the home. When stored outside, keep it away from the sun and in a cool area. Take into consideration if the climate where you live is favourable. If you live in area where heavy storms and lightning are frequent, it is advisable that you get the gas cylinder concealed but with proper ventilation to avoid collecting gas during leakage.

Storing it indoor requires that you keep the room well ventilated and away from heating source. Avoid placing it close to potential sources of ignition such as: electrical sockets, flammable substance, or even in areas where you receive transmissions from phone calls, TV, internet browsing and so forth.

Additionally, you should make sure that the cylinder is stood on a solid and levelled surface where it is less likely to fall.  A compressed gas cylinder which falls to the ground may have its valve damaged and thereby cause rapid release of high pressured gas to the surrounding. This is potentially harmful to the extent of causing damage to property and lives.

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4. Safely transport your cylinder.

Never roll a used gas cylinder on the ground regardless of it being empty or not; neither drop it on the ground with force. Transport it while sitting the cylinder upright and with the valve facing upwards.

5. Perform the 5-point safety check at regular intervals.

Always get a qualified gas delivery man or distributor to help you perform the 5-point safety check. This is equally necessary when moving to a new home. The 5-point safety check usually requires the following:

  • Checking the regulator to ensure that it is not faulty or worn out. They must not be used for over 5 years. Check the expiry dates.
  • Checking the rubber hose that is neither worn out nor expired.
  • Checking the hose clips to ensure that it is firmly secured and in good condition.
  • Checking the gas cylinder to ensure that it is free from cracks, dents or rust.
  • Checking for gas leaks through the use of liquid soap solution applied on cylinder joints. The presence of bubbles from the soap indicates a gas leakage. Never use a lighter to test for gas leakage.

6. Act wisely when you suspect a leak

Do not ignore gas leakages. Always act wisely by remaining calm; neither switching ‘on’ nor switching ‘off’ any electrical appliances at that time. Ensure to turn off the regulator and open windows and doors to disperse the concentrated gas. Possibly leakages may still occur, in that case; carefully have the gas cylinder put out to an open, ventilated area outside.

7. Cook safely

While cooking with gas, ensure that your kitchen is properly ventilated by having the windows opened.  Avoid placing plastics, pan handles or flammable items close to the flame. Never cook out of sight as the flames could build up; food could overflow and extinguish the burner. Ensure to keep the regulator switched off when the gas cooker is not in use. This is most especially necessary at night or while away on holidays.

8. Heighten gas safety awareness with your household, roommate and neighbour.

Gas safety can only be successful on a collective effort. Ensure that your household or roommates are aware of the safety guidelines in the use of gas cookers. Paste a copy of these reminders at visible area at your home and in the kitchen. Make it a matter of discussion at family meetings and general meetings with your co-tenants.

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