Leak suspected - location uncertain
Check the entire system for ANY indication of gas leak, such as a smell or hiss. Test with soapy water solution, which will bubble at any point where gas escapes. Never use a match or flame to test. If a leak is found at a connection, re-make the connection and test again. If the leak has been indoors, fully ventilate the room before further use of the appliance. Do not interfere with any part of a fixed installation.
Leak detected - not on fire
If possible stop the leak by shutting the cylinder valve, and ventilate the area thoroughly until the air is clear.
If it is not possible to stop the leak, remove the cylinder carefully to a safe outdoor location. Keep the leak uppermost so that only gas and not liquid escapes.
Keep hands and face clear of any stream of escaping liquid.
If the cylinder cannot be removed, disperse gas with fine water spray and provide maximum ventilation.
Keep possible ignition sources at least 20 metres away until the cylinder is empty. These sources could include non-flameproof electrical appliances, camera flash, telephone, radio, vehicle engines, and any other equipment that can generate a spark.
Leaking cylinder or appliance - on fire
- If valve is undamaged, close if safe to do so and let the fire go out. Do not use again until inspected.
- If valve cannot be closed, call the Fire Service and the LPG supplier if it is a fixed cylinder installation.
- Advise the location of the cylinder or appliance, that it is LPG and the cylinder size.
- If there is any possibility of cylinder(s) being engulfed by fire, evacuate the adjacent area.
Cylinder exposed to excessive heat
- Keep cylinder cool with a water hose, sprayed from maximum possible distance.
- Remove from heat source if possible and safe to do so.