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According to SANS, the regulations state where a bottle can or can't be placed and how an installation may be completed.

  1. CYLINDER(s) can not be placed closer than 1m to a door.
  2. CYLINDER(s) can not be placed closer than 2m to an open drain or deppression, where the gas can gather if the bottle leaks.
  3. CYLINDER(s) can not be placed closer than 5m to an electrical switch, motor, generator, pool pump etc.
  4. CYLINDER(s) can not be placed closer than 1m to the side of a window unless there is atleast 300mm between the bottom of the window and the top of the bottle and a non combustable roof has been placed between the window and the bottle.
  5. CYLINDER(s) can not be placed closer than 1m to a boundary wall, unless the wall is a double brick "firewall" > 1.8m tall, with no ventilation gaps in the wall.

 

Safety

LPG is a colorless and odorless liquid that evaporates into a gas. An odor is added to help detect leaks. LPG has a high ignition temperature, and therefore is actually quite safe in compression with other fuels. It is less likely to ignite spontaneously.

Safety tips:

  • Insure all LPG appliances are fitted and serviced by a licensed LPG installer.
  • Have your LPG appliances regularly serviced by a licensed LPG installer.
  • LPG cylinders should always be stored in an upright position to prevent the LPG liquid from escaping when on its side.
  • LPG cylinders should be kept away from any source of ignition and naked flames.
  • Ensure area is thoroughly ventilated when using LPG gas.
  • Do not store LPG cylinders in a basement, cellar or sunken area.
  • When appliances are operating properly, LPG burns with a blue flame, but when an appliance doesn’t burn the gas efficiently or burns with a yellow flame, it may produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. When this happens, contact a licensed LPG installer immediately.


What to do when smelling LPG:

  • Immediately extinguish all flames and smoke material.
  • Turn off main gas supply at the LPG cylinder.
  • Open all windows and doors to ventilate the area.
  • Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or cell phones.
  • Leave the area and contact a licensed LPG installer immediately to check installation

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