Safety Advice

Safety information

Propane and Butane are highly flammable gasses.

An additive is added to these gases to make them smell, so that in the event of a gas leak, the smell is evident. If this should ever happen or you suspect you have a leak, always turn off the supply on the gas cylinder(s) by closing the valve in a clockwise rotation. Then contact a competent person to investigate as soon as possible.

If you suspect there is a fault with the cylinder, please call us to report the fault. Do not attempt to repair the fault yourself.

LPG is heavier than air and will naturally fall to the lowest point. Never store Gas cylinders in a basement or cellar.


Propane cylinders

Propane cylinders must always be stored outside in well ventilated spaces or cages, at least 2meters from drains, 3 meters from sources of ignition and out of harms way in general. Also make sure they are not hindering emergency exits or thoroughfares.

If positioned against a building, they should be secure (by a chain or strap) to insure they do not fall over, on hard standing.

A competent person should always install LPG cylinders as siting regulations must be adhered to, to ensure safety and to conform to safety regulations. If in any doubt, please call our engineering department.

All LPG cylinders should be transported, stored and used in an upright position, unless 18kg FLT cylinders are being used, in which case, upright or horizontal orientation can be used, ensuring the arrow is facing down when horizontal. 18kg FLT cylinders deliver Liquid through the service valve and are designed for fork-lift trucks specially.

Most other LPG cylinders are designed for vapour installations.


Butane cylinders

A maximum storage of 15kgs of butane is permitted inside.

Please seek advice regarding your own property and the use of gases. For example, the use of gases in high rise apartments is not permitted.


BBQ’s and heaters

 These appliances must always and only be used outdoors.

When making the connection to a gas cylinder, always ensure the connection is gas tight by using a suitable leak detection fluid. This is also the case for any other connections on the pipework, for example, quick release fittings, Tee’s, and regulators.

Only a competent person should make gas connections.

Never undertake any gas works in domestic or commercial premises unless you are qualified. Always use a gas safe registered engineer.

For specialist advice, please contact us.