Handling And Use

General Advice

  • Do not store or use bottles in the horizontal position. A leak could be very serious and liquid could enter gas lines.
  • Do not drop bottles off vehicles or platforms, as damage to bottles and valves can be caused.
  • Always display safety and operating notices prominently.
  • Don't change or store bottles in the presence of naked flames.
  • Trace leaks using liquid detergent solution, NEVER a naked flame.
  • Never store or use below ground level, as any leakage will collect at low levels. Storage should be well ventilated, preferably outdoors.
  • Don't use tools to operate bottle valves.
  • Propane bottles should not be used indoors for domestic appliances, due to their higher pressure.
  • Always replace safety caps/plugs when the bottle is empty or not in use.
  • Check hoses regularly. Ensure properly secured with hose clips. If hoses are damaged or showing signs of wear, replace them (using hose of correct quality).

Small Storage/ Display (in shops etc/ up to 70kg)
1. No more than five bottles should be allowed on display with total contents no more than 70kg.
2. Bottles larger than 20kg should not be displayed in shops eg 47kg cylinders
3. If the shop is below residential premises then no more than 15kg should be stored/ displayed.
4. No more than four bottles should be connected for demonstrating at any one time (total weight no more than 50kg).
5. Do not display on staircases, near emergency exits or near to flammable materials.
6. Bottles must be treated as FULL unless they are dummy bottles or have been certified as gas free. Only five cylinders are allowed - even if some of them are empty.
Storage up to 400KG
Quantities of LPG greater than those described above must be kept in a properly constructed store.
1. The storage area should be at least 1m from a site boundary, building etc. unless a fire wall is provided.
2. Only vehicles delivering LPG should be allowed within 1m of the storage area.
3. No opening into buildings, cellars or pits should be within 2m of an LPG storage area.
4. No flammable liquids, combustible, corrosive or oxidising material should be stored within 3m of an LPG store. Compressed oxygen must be kept 10m away from all flammable gases; these include propane, butane and dissolved acetylene.
5. The area should be kept clear of weeds and rubbish.
6. The storage of LPG should not hinder or endanger the means of escape from the premises.
7. The extent of the storage area should be clearly marked and suitable notices displayed prominently (available from Gas Cylinders (uk)).
8. Appropriate steps should be taken to prevent tampering and vandalism. In many cases it may be appropriate to enclose the storage area in a lockable cage.
9. The same restrictions apply to empty cylinders as to full ones.
Storage above 400KG
For larger storage, other safety requirements exist, including the maintenance of a minimum separation distance between bottle storage and any boundary, building or fixed source of ignition. This is determined by the total amount of LPG stored and the size of the largest stack of bottles - whichever gives the greatest distance. In certain circumstances this separation distance may be reduced by the use of a radiation wall. By complying with these separation distances and other safety requirements, Gas Cylinders (uk) are able to store upwards of 200 tonnes of bottles at our filling terminals. For further information on cylinder storage please consult the LPGA Code of Practice no.7, available from the LP Gas Association, or get in touch with the Gas Cylinders (uk) Technical Department

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