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Emergency Procedures for LPG Leaks & Fires

Supplier: Elgas Limited
16 January, 2008

Leak suspected - Location Uncertain

1. Check the entire system for ANY indication of gas leak, such as smell or hiss.

2. Test with soapy water solution, which will bubble at any point where gas escapes. NEVER use a match or flame to test for a leak.

3. Rejoint and test. If the leak has been indoors, fully ventilate the room before further use of appliance.

4. Do not interfere with any part of a fixed installation.

Leak Detected - Not on Fire

1. If possible, stop the leak by shutting the cylinder valve.

2. Ventilate the area thoroughly until the air is clear.

3. If it’s not possible to stop the leak, remove the cylinder carefully to a safe outdoor location. Keep the leak uppermost so that only gas and not liquid escapes.

4. Keep hands and face clear of any stream of escaping liquid.

5. If the cylinder cannot be removed, disperse gas with fine water spray and provide maximum ventilation.

6. Keep possible ignition sources at least 20 metres away until cylinder is empty. These sources could include open fires, non flameproof electrical appliances, camera flash, telephone, radio, vehicle engines, and any other equipment that can generate a spark.

Leaking Cylinder or Appliance - On Fire

1. If the valve is undamaged and it’s safe to do so, close it and let the fire go out. Do not use again until inspected.

2. If the valve cannot be closed, call the fire brigade, police or gas dealer, advising location, that it is LPG and cylinder size. Keep cylinder cool by water hose but DO NOT attempt to extinguish flame. Unburnt gases in confined space may explode if reignited. Keep clear and await assistance

3. If there is any possibility of cylinder(s) being engulfed by fire, evacuate the adjacent area.

Cylinder Exposed to Excessive Heat

1. Keep cylinder cool with a water hose, sprayed from the maximum possible distance.

2. Remove from heat source if safe and possible to do so.