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How to store LPG safely

29 Jan, 2024 | Business LPG, Residential LPG

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LPG storage regulations, bottle positions and more
Safe LPG Storage

LPG-Propane gas storage is in pressure vessels and it is almost always stored in its liquid form. These propane storage vessels (LPG cylinder storage) can range from small camping canisters to BBQ gas bottles to larger gas cylinders and much larger LPG gas storage in Propane tanks – bullets. Gas storage depots may consist of large LPG-propane gas storage spheres or large buried tanks.

The liquefied LPG-propane gas storage can also be underground, in custom-built or prepared storage caverns.

LPG-Propane Storage Regulations and General Guidelines

Propane gas cylinder storage (LPG cylinder storage) should be outdoors in a well ventilated area. LPG-Propane gas cylinder storage must always be upright with valves closed, when not in use. Propane gas bottles must be prevented from falling and protected from impact and damage. Propane tank safety regulations place limits on LPG-propane gas storage quantities that may apply and placarding may be required.

The propane gas cylinders storage (LPG cylinder storage) should always kept away from high traffic areas to minimise any chance of accidental impacts.

Indoor LPG-propane gas storage should always be avoided.

The LPG-propane cylinder storage area should be flat and firm, such as a concrete slab and be in a location with good drainage, as propane gas cylinders should not be allowed to remain in standing water.

The area around the LPG-propane gas cylinder storage area should be free from any ignition sources, including electrical componentry, and the surrounding area should also be free of any flammable materials.

Propane cylinders should not be placed near any artificial heat source.

The valve should always be kept closed, even if you believe the cylinder to be empty.

Note: Each country has its own specific regulations regarding LPG – propane gas storage. Please consult your local standards.

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Where Should You Store Gas Cylinders – Bottles?

A good, safe place to store a gas cylinder is outdoors, with plenty of ventilation. Remembering that Propane is heavier than air, it should also not be stored near a pit or a drain. They should not be stored near any ignition source, like a flame or electrical devices. It is important that the cylinder is always stored upright. This allows the Pressure Relief Valve to work properly. All bottles should be treated as if they were full, with the valve remaining closed when disconnected.

Indoor Storage LPG-Propane Cylinders

● Storage regulations are primarily safety related and should be observed at all times.

● Indoor storage should be avoided whenever possible and limits apply.

● Gas bottles should always be stored in a well-ventilated area away from any flame, heat or other ignition source

● LPG (propane) gas bottles-cylinders must always be stored upright with valves closed, when not in use.

● Gas bottles must be prevented from falling and protected from impact and damage.

● Storage limits on quantity may apply and placarding may be required.

Final Thoughts on Propane Gas Storage

The flexible nature of Propane allows for storage in many ways. The method of propane gas storage (LPG cylinder storage) can be selected based on the quantities involved and the logistical requirements.

Regardless of how it’s stored, Propane is there when people need it.

Clean, safe and reliable energy for everyone everywhere.

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