Steps you must take in case of LPG cylinder leak

LPG cylinder has become an important part of our lives. Not only in an urban household, but also in a rural household, people are using LPG gas cylinders which makes cooking easier. While, the presence of an LPG cylinder has made life easier, it I important to use it properly and safely for it can be harmful and cause life threatening accidents if care is not taken.

LPG cylinder leak can release gases which are combustible and can cause accidents which can lead to burns or even death. Hence, in case you detect a cylinder leak, there are certain steps you must immediately take to ensure you and everyone around are safe.

Hazards caused due to LPG cylinder leak

  • The gas leaked by an LPG cylinder if inhaled can lead to suffocation, as well as cause difficulty in walking or speaking. Your nervous system can get affected, while you can experience heart attack and rise in your blood pressure. Hence, it is important to be careful if you detect a LPY cylinder leak.
  • One of the most common accidents that is experienced due to a gas cylinder leak is explosion. Since, the gas released is combustible, it is highly inflammable and any contact with fire can cause a devastating blast which can not only burn people severely but also kill them.

Steps to take in case you detect a gas leak

Given below are some of the steps you will have to take in case you detect a gas leak:

  • Ensure that any item which is inflammable is extinguished immediately including switching off your gas stove.
  • Simply switching off your gas stove won’t suffice. You will have to switch off the LPG regulator and ensure the safety cap has been put on.
  • Do not switch on any appliances which can cause a short circuit.
  • Do not light any matches, use lighters or cigarettes.
  • Keep all your door and windows open so that you can keep your house ventilated properly.
  • If possible, ensure that your main electrical supply is switched off.
  • Inform the gas supplier immediately regarding the leak.
  • Extinguish the fire using an extinguisher.

Steps to take in case of any injuries caused due to a gas leak

  • If a person has inhaled the gas and experiencing difficulty breathing, immediately get them outside the house so that they can breathe fresh air. Ensure they are lying in a comfortable position. Administer artificial respiration if necessary.
  • If the skin has come in contact with the gas or any burns have been experienced, remove the area covered by cloth and rinse it with cold water.
  • Get the injured person to a hospital immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. In what position should I keep my cylinder in?

    Keep your cylinder in an upright position always.

  2. What are the basic precautionary measures I must take?

    Get the tube checked once every one year or replaced if necessary.

  3. What to do in case of eye injury?

    Rinse your eyes with cold water and seek medical help.

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