If used correctly, Maldive Gas products are safe. However, LPG is highly flammable we must be aware of the potential dangers it can project and we, at Maldive Gas gives top priority to safety of our staff, our customers as well as the public as a whole.
Safe and efficient use of LPG
LPG is a colourless liquid that evaporates into a gas. It has no smell, but does have an odour added to help detect leaks. It can burn or explode when it mixes with air in the right proportions and finds an ignition source. It is heavier than air. It can flow for long distances along the ground, and can collect in drains, gullies and cellars. LPG is supplied in pressurised cylinders to keep it liquefied. The cylinders are strong and not easily damaged, although the valve at the top can be vulnerable to impact. Leaks can occur from valves and pipe connections if the connections are not kept in good condition or if sufficient care is not taken when changing cylinders. As long as the cylinder is kept upright any leaks will generally be of LPG vapour. If liquid LPG leaks it can cause cold burns to the skin and rapidly expand to produce a large volume of vapour.
Basic safety rules
Ensure all fixed LPG installations are fitted and serviced by a licensed or registered gas fitter. The gasfitter is responsible for ensuring new or replacement appliances are connected, tested and adjusted properly. The gasfitter should explain appliance operating instructions to the consumer. Keep LPG appliances and fittings in first class condition. Have them regularly serviced. Check the appliance manual or contact the retailer to find out how often this is recommended. If an appliance cannot burn its fuel efficiently (due to inadequate ventilation or a faulty or poorly-maintained appliance) it may produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. While it is odourless it is accompanied by other emissions that may a produce a car exhaust smell and/or watery eyes. Do not connect LPG appliances to other gas supply systems. Do not use LPG cooking appliances or stoves as room heaters. Use only equipment and parts specifically manufactured and approved for LPG. Ensure there is adequate ventilation when using LPG - never seal doors, windows or tents for extra warmth while a gas appliance is being operated. LPG cylinders must be used and stored in an upright position. If a cylinder is on its side LPG liquid may escape. Only suitable flexible hoses designed for LPG use should be used for LPG appliances.
If you smell LPG inside your home
Keep flames and cigarettes out of the affected room and away from the area. Turn off all gas appliances. Turn off the gas supply at the LPG cylinder(s). Open doors and windows to ventilate the area. Leave electrical appliances or switches as they are - a flick on or off can cause a spark. Don't use a mobile phone in the area. Contact your LPG retailer or a licensed gas worker immediately to check the installation. If the smell persists in the house go outside to a safe place away from the building.