How To Prevent Gas Explosions In Your Home Using These 6 Important Tips
Do you use a gas cooker or keep a gas cylinder at home? Of course, you are one of those who have found amazing benefits in using gas cookers and have experienced overtime how fast and convenient it is to use.
This is most especially true after using kerosene stoves and fire woods for a long time. No doubt thanks to modern technology!
While gas can be very fast, it is also very dangerous. Also, some aspect in the use of gas cookers and gas cylinders demands our attention – it’s the issue of safety, i.e. the protection of lives and property. Though many today are accustomed to the use of gas cookers or cylinders, sometimes mishaps do occur that may lead to disastrous and sad consequences.
We would always remember the cases of whole family members wiped out because of gas explosions issues arising from mishandling gas cooking devices.
The image above is that of Chinenye (Stainless Desire) who a year ago was involved in a ghastly gas explosion in her home. This is the exact reason why proper safety measures should be implemented when using gas.
Below are 6 ways to prevent gas explosion:
1. Ensure proper storage of the gas cylinder
Gas cylinders can be installed either outside or inside the home. When stored outside, ensure it is kept away from the sun and in a cool area. Take into consideration if the climate where you live is favourable.
If you live in area where heavy storms and lightning are frequent, it is advisable that you get the gas cylinder concealed but with proper ventilation to avoid gas leakage.
Storing it indoor requires that you keep the room well ventilated and away from any heating source. Avoid placing it close to potential sources of electrical ignition such as: sockets, flammable substances, or even in areas where you receive transmissions from phone calls, TV and internet browsing.
Additionally, you should make sure that the cylinder is made to stand on a solid and leveled surface where it is less likely to fall.
A compressed gas cylinder which falls to the ground may have its valve damaged and thereby cause rapid release of high pressured gas to the surrounding and this is potentially harmful to the extent of causing damage to property and lives.
2. Safely transport your cylinder.
Never roll a used gas cylinder on the ground regardless of it being empty or not; neither drop it on the ground with force. Transport it while sitting the cylinder upright and with the valve facing upwards. The best position for a cylinder is always vertical and not slanted.
3. Tubes and Regulators
Utmost care should be given to all the tubes and regulators that are used with the cylinders. They are prone to a lot of leaks. So, a periodic maintenance is good for this. One of the important gas cylinder precautions is to replace the worn out tubes at the earliest. It is always better to ask for assistance rather than tampering with the cylinders.
4. Cook safely
While cooking with gas, ensure that your kitchen is properly ventilated by having the windows opened. Avoid placing plastics, pan handles or flammable items close to the flame.
Never start cooking if you know you would not stay with the food as the flames could build up; food could overflow and extinguish the burner. Ensure to keep the regulator switched off well when the gas cooker is not in use. This is most especially necessary at night or while away at your places of business.
5. Ensure there are no gas leaks
For obvious reasons, gas stoves need extra safety precautions. You want to make sure that there are no gas leaks, so anytime you hear a hissing sound or smell gas and can´t tell where it is coming from, turn off your gas at the source, open all windows and exit the house.
6. Perform safety checks at regular intervals.
Always get a qualified gas delivery man or distributor to help you perform the 5-point safety check. This is equally necessary when moving to a new home. The 5-point safety check usually requires the following:
- Checking the regulator to ensure that it is not faulty or worn out. They must not be used for over 5 years. Check the expiry dates.
- Checking the rubber hose to make sure it is neither worn out nor expired.
- Checking the hose clips to ensure that it is firmly secured and in good condition.
- Checking the gas cylinder to ensure that it is free from cracks, dents or rust.
- Checking for gas leaks through the use of liquid soap solution applied on cylinder joints. The presence of bubbles from the soap indicates a gas leakage. Never use a lighter to test for gas leakage.