The gas is butane or propane stored under pressure to keep it liquid. A small leak can produce a large amount of highly inflammable gas and if it ignites, the result is fierce fire or even explosion.
To prevent accidents:
.... Change or connect LPG to an appliance in the open air.
.... Remember that LPG is heavier than air and will not disperse in a confined space.
.... Ensure LPG appliances are used only in well ventilated areas, as a build up of carbon monoxide will kill.
.... Never smoke or have a naked flame near an LPG cylinder which is being changed. Beware of sparks from electrical tools, too.
.... Check hoses regularly and replace hoses as soon as you spot cracks. Reveal leaks by applying soapy water to all connections - where there are bubbles, there are leaks.
.... If you smell the distinctive odour of LPG. Turn off the gas and get the appliance checked.
.... Store spare cylinders outside but not below ground level.
.... Lock gas cylinders away from children.
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