Liquefied petroleum gas or LPG is used for many activities across construction sites. LPG is very hazardous and one of the largest cause of fires and explosions, especially due to leaks on temporary sites.
Precautions for LPG Usage
When using LPG in a construction site, you must ensure that sufficient precautions are taken. Get LPG cylinders delivered as and when you want them in order to curtail the storage of LPG cylinders on the work site. Before any equipment is connected or disconnected to the LPG cylinder, make sure that you turn off the valves of the cylinder.
The hoses of the cylinder must not be kinked at any time as this causes damage to the hose and can lead to the accidental release of LPG. Before use, always check the cylinder and other fittings for any leaks or damage. Usually, you can detect any leak by the smell or hissing noise of the escaping gas. Using soapy water to detect leaks is a more reliable method.
Always place the LPG cylinders in an upright position when in use and if you detect any smell, then immediately turn off the main valve of the cylinder. Check the cause of the leak and rectify the same immediately.
Follow the lighting of the appliances as per the lighting instructions. Generally, before you turn on the cylinder valve, make sure that you close the appliance valve and if the lighting process fails then allow the gas to dissipate before relighting.
Always make sure that LPG cylinders are handled carefully. Rough handling can cause damage to the valves and even serious structural damage that can make the cylinders vulnerable to fires and explosions.
When buying LPG equipment, ensure that it complies with the stipulated safety standards. Install the appliances properly, maintain them regularly and get them checked periodically by a gas engineer.
When LPG is used, make sure that there is proper ventilation. If the LPG installations are fixed within the building, then permanent ventilation must be provided and the openings must be kept clear. If there is no person to watch the flame, fit the LPG cylinder with a flame-failure device.
Make sure that all the appliances are used as per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Place a notice on the appliance about its usage or keep the instruction booklet readily available to anyone using the appliance. When using any appliance make sure that you are using the correct gas regulator specified for the particular appliance. Use hoses that are of appropriate standard and use proper clips to fit the hose to the equipment securely.
By taking all the necessary precautions in storing and maintaining LPG and all appliances that work on LPG properly on the construction site, you can ensure the safety of the people present on the premises in case of a fire.
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