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Safety With Gas

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With the term “load shedding” becoming a reality for many South Africans there has been an increased focus on gas as a fuel in heating appliances, cooking equipment etc.

The term “LPG” is Liquefied petroleum gas or liquid petroleum gas (LPG or LP gas), also referred to as simply propane or butane, is flammable mixtures of hydrocarbon gases.

Like electricity and Natural Gas, LPG is considered a dangerous good, and as such needs to be treated with the utmost respect.

In this section, we would like to consider some of the important safety aspects when working with and transporting gas!


Understanding the Risks and Benefits of Working with Gas

It is important for everyone to learn more about natural gas. The more we know the safer we will all be.

Benefits of working with Gas/LPG

There are numerous advantages to using LPG: 


Risks associated with Gas

Even though considered stable and safe, LPG still possesses a certain degree of danger, just like any type of fuel. The most common types of hazards associated with the use of it include explosions, fire and inhaling carbon monoxide.

The source of these risks usually are:

When gas does not burn properly or is used in an area without adequate ventilation, it produces excess carbon monoxide (CO) – a colourless, odourless gas. When inhaled, carbon monoxide binds with the hemoglobin in the blood. This reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen, starving the body of oxygen and poisoning it.

This could lead to:

Gas and safety at home

Gas and Safety at Home

The very first place we would like to focus on is Safety with Gas at our homes:


The following tips around installation can be found in the South African National Standards (SANS) guide under gas installation regulations:



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Safety with Gas Heaters

Safely cooking with gas

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Safely Cooking with Gas

Using gas has been described as a clean and efficient way to cook. We must, however, ensure that our kitchens comply with safety standards before using gas appliances.

These would include ensuring your gas cookers and hot plates have adequate clearance from combustible surfaces, for example:

Other general Safety Suggestions are

Emergency procedures for gas incidents

Working Safely with Gas at the Workplace

Gas is often used as a fuel within the workplace for heating the work environment and water supplies, cooking and for processing products, soldering, welding, flame cutting etc.

Safety Advice:

Storage and transporting gas

Storage and Transporting Gas

When storing LPG, the LPG Association stipulates that:

During Transport:

Working safely with gas at the workplace

Emergency Procedures for Gas Incidents

When smelling gas at you home

If there is a Fire

Also view:

Safety from Fire at Our Homes

Prevention and Treatment from Burn Wounds

Safety with Electricity

SAFM Morning Talk on Gas Safety


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