Liquefied petroleum gas(LPG) is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as fuel in heating appliances, cooking equipment, and vehicles.

Top LPG brands in Kenya
  • Afrigas from Vivo kenya
  • Total Gas from Total kenya
  • K-gas from Kenolkobil
  • Mpishi gas from  Oil libya
  • Pro-gas
  • Mid-gas

LPG gas cylinders are available in varying sizes -  6 Kgs, 13 Kgs 25 Kgs, 35 Kgs, 45 Kgs. Because gas is so flammable,you need to take extra caution when delivering it.

Basic parts of a gas cylinder

The different parts of a gas cylinder
How to authenticate LPG gas cylinders
  1. Check for a unique serial number.
  2. Check the cylinder collar for the date stamped on. It should not be older than 8 years from the day you are purchasing it.
  3. Make sure the cylinder is weighed in your presence and the weight is similar to what is written on the cylinder
Things to keep in mind when transporting a gas cylinder
  1. Ensure the seal is intact and not broken
  2. Check the cylinder to make sure it has no dents, cracks or rust
  3. Check for any pungent smell to detect a leakage. Do not try and fix a leaking cylinder. Return it to the station
  4. Always transport the gas cylinder in an upright position on the motorbike.
  5. Never carry more than three gas cylinders in one trip
Things to consider when installing a gas cylinder
  1. The regulator - Take gas outside the house, confirm if the knob works  and the regulator expels gas. It is normally pre-set according to the required operating pressure. Ensure it’s not worn out, and that it’s replaced every five years.
  2. Hose pipe - Check if churned at the ending and cut of with a sharp  object if the ends are torn. The LPG hose should always be replaced every 3 years. Ask the client when they bought it last and advise on  purchase if necessary.
  3. Hose clips - The clips need to be in good working condition and that they are properly secured.
Safety tips at home
  • Leak Test: Use a soap solution to be sure there are no gas leaks. Apply the solution on the cylinder    joints and the presence of bubbles is an indication that there is a leak.Note: Do not use an open flame to test for gas leaks.
  • When cooking, open  windows for proper ventilation.
  • To use gas,turn on the regulator,light your match then finally turn on the cooker.
  • Ensure cooker and burner is at a higher level than the cylinder
  • If gas refuses to light up,take it outside the house and use regulator to unclog. Do not insert sharp objects inside the valve.
  • Don’t place flammable items near the cylinder.
  • Never leave an open flame unattended as liquids can boil and over flow therefore, extinguishing the fire. This will cause the gas to leak posing a huge fire risk.

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