Gas Braai Cylinder Safety

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Gas Braai Cylinder Safety

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It’s summer braai and camping season, make sure you’re safely enjoying South Africa's favourite pass time by following these important gas cylinder safety tips.


Important, General LP Gas Safety Tips

Store gas cylinder in a well ventilated area. These gas bottles should never be stored indoors. Read more about gas poisioning here.

  • Use a cylinder sealing plug, or a Gasfuse to reduce danger from leaks
  • Always keep gas cylinder upright
  • Have your gas cylinder safety inspected every 10 years. There should be an expiry date stamp on your gas bottle
  • Braai gas is not the same as automotive LPG. Never use automotive LPG to Braai
  • Keep children away from gas appliances & cylinders

Connecting The Gas Cylinder

  • Before connecting the cylinder, inspect the hose, fittings & rubber seals If there is any sign of splitting or wear, replace them
  • Make sure all connections are tightened
  • Keep the hose free of knots & kinks
  • To prevent gas leaks connect a Gasfuse to cylinder

Soapy Water Gas Leak Test

As part of your overall safety checks, you should make sure that there are no leaks in your gas bottle/cylinder, hose & regulator & hose. Remember to test often, it only takes a few minutes & you can clean up those dirty hoses & connections too!

Soapy Water Gas Leak Test (How To)

  • Mix a small drop of dish washing detergent or foaming hand soap with water.
  • Place soap solution into a spray bottle, or in a bowl.
  • Switch on the gas bottle without turning on the Braai.
  • Spray the regulator valve, entire hose assembly & attachment at the Braai inlet with the soapy water.
  • If you’re using a bowl of the soap solution, apply with a sponge or brush.
  • If the gas is leaking, you will see bubbles form at the point of the leak - You will also smell gas.
  • If you discover a leak, switch off the gas bottle immediately!
  • Do not attempt to use the Braai until the problem is rectified.

Transporting a Gas Cylinder

  • Ensure cylinder has been leak tested
  • Always keep bottle in an upright position & secured so that it doesn't fall over
  • Drive with the windows open
  • Do not store your cylinder in a plastic milk crate or lug box as this may cause static electricity
  • Do not light a flame or cigarette close to the cylinder
  • Do not leave the cylinder unattended in a vehicle
  • Do not expose the cylinder to direct heat or sunlight in a vehicle or exposed area
  • Drive slower & with care