Press release 23 April 2018
With the approaching summer, the cottage season is also coming. People take out their liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and grills after the winter break. Also boat-owners, caravanners and campers often use LPG appliances. The appliances are safe as long as they are used in accordance with the instructions. It is always good to check the condition of the appliances and other equipments in the spring before they are put to use.
When buying LPG appliance, you must always make sure they have the CE label. It indicates that the appliances meet the requirements set by the authorities. New appliances are accompanied by installation and operating guides, which you must carefully adhere to for safety.
The condition of LPG appliances and other equipments should be checked after the winter break. You can bend the gas hose and check that there are no cracks. Likewise, you should check that the joints are tight. After you change the gas bottle, you must check the tightness and connection of the joints.
If the LPG bottle has a clip-on valve, you can test the tightness of the joint between the bottle and the pressure regulator by lifting the bottle at the regulator. To test the tightness of a threaded valve, apply soap water to the joint or spray it with leak detector.
What installation can you do yourself, and where do you need a professional?
In household use, LPG is often used so that a single appliance is supplied from one bottle. You can make such a hose installation yourself as long as you observe the installation guide.
Certain LPG installations may be performed only by an installer authorised by Tukes. These include the installations of LPG burners and installation of fixed pipes. A list of the approved installers can be found at the Tukes website at http://rekisterit.tukes.fi/fi/Urakoitsijat/Toiminnanharjoittajat/
Old appliances under scrutiny
In particular, you should check the condition of old gas appliances at the beginning of the cottage season. Pay particular attention to gas stoves or similar appliances made in the 1970s or earlier if used indoors. A gas service agent can check the condition of the appliances and, in particular, whether they have a flame guard. If there is no flame guard, you should consider buying a new appliance.
When using LPG indoors, always make sure you have sufficient ventilation and a fresh air supply. This is because burning LPG requires oxygen for pure combustion so that carbon monoxide is not formed. If you suspect a gas leak, first close the bottle valve and then ventilate the space properly. There must not be ignition sources nearby, and electric switches must not be used because of the sparking hazard.
Gas bottles from service stations
A LPG bottle is bought pre-filled from the retailer. Gas bottles are sold at many service stations, for example, and in most large markets.
When the bottle is empty, you can replace it with a new bottle of the same type at the retailer, and pay only for the content of the bottle, i.e., the liquid gas. If you want to replace the bottle with a different type that may cost more, you will also be charged for the bottle.
The condition of LPG appliances should be checked after the winter break. You can bend the gas hose and check that there are no cracks.
Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association
Tina Sammi, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 40 501 2738, firstname.lastname@example.org