An important Safety Alert from OARA regarding regulators on gas cylinders.
The Health & Safety Authority has issued a Safety Alert to all those involved in filling self-fill cylinders. These cylinders are typically used on road-marking trucks and forklift trucks. Please note that the majority of cylinders, including all cylinders for domestic use, are not of the self-fill type and can only be filled safely using special filling machines used in cylinder filling plants - this alert is not related to those cylinders.
It is critical that every time you fill a self-fill cylinder, its last test date is checked, and any cylinders out-of-test (10 years since last test) are segregated and not used until they are retested by Flogas (or replaced).
This requirement, along with others dictating when a self-fill cylinder must be taken out of service due to damage, are on the metal filling instructions which were affixed on or adjacent to all filling systems for self-fill cylinders installed by Flogas. Replacement filling instructions are available from Flogas on request to the Service Department.
We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone who has a filling system for self-fill cylinders that they have to carry out (or arrange to have carried out) an annual inspection of the unit and the area around the unit to comply with Irish Standard IS 3216. A suitable inspection form is available on request from the Service Department of Flogas for this purpose. ANY repair to any parts of the filling system requires specialist liquid-LPG skills and should only be done by a Flogas liquid-LPG approved contractor, but the inspection itself may be carried out by most gas contractors. Alternatively, contact the Service Department in Flogas on 041 9831041 to have Flogas carry it out.
The Safety alert can be viewed on the HSA website by clicking HERE
What to do in the event of an LP Gas leak
LP Gas, in cylinders or tanks, has a distinctive smell added to enable you to clearly detect a leak. Never ignore a leak. Promptly take the following action:
(a) Turn off the gas at the tank(s) or cylinder(s).
(b) In the case of indoor cylinders or cylinders in a small enclosed yard, disconnect the cylinder and remove to an open (outdoor) space.
(c) For indoor leaks, to disperse the gas, open all windows and doors to the outside. Avoid sources of ignition - no smoking, do not turn electrical switches on or off.
(d) For large outdoor leaks (i.e. where there is a smell of gas more than a few feet from the source), keep people, vehicles and ignition sources away. If necessary, cordon off the area and/or have someone stay there to control access.
(e) In the case of fire, immediately ring the fire brigade.
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L.P. Gas fuelled mobile heaters give you maximum flexibility in producing instant heat where and when you need it. Being a flueless appliance L.P. Gas mobile heaters achieve an energy efficiency of 90% which results in a very economical heater. As L.P. Gas mobile heaters are used extensively, attention is drawn to the following safety checks for your added comfort and safety
- Check the Hose
- Check that the hose connecting the gas regulator to the appliance is not worn or damaged. All flexible hoses should have manufacturers connections or be secured with proper hose clips.
- Castors and Fireguard
- Ensure that the castors are securely fixed and that fireguard is in place.
- If in doubt – Ask
- If you are in doubt about any function of the cabinet heater and its associated gas fittings, ask your gas supplier to arrange for a service inspection.
- If the plaques or bricks at the front of the heater are damaged, or if part of the retaining cement is missing, they should be immediately replaced by a competent person. The heater should not be used in a damaged condition.
- Old Heaters
- If your heater is over 10 years old, you should consider replacing it with a new mobile heater so that you keep up to date with the very latest designs and technology.
All gas appliances should be serviced regularly by a competent person.
Issued in the interest of consumer safety by
THE IRISH LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS ASSOCIATION.
Use of mobile heaters which are damaged can result in the production of CARBON MONOXIDE, the silent killer.