NEWS

Since the discovery of natural gas and liquid petroleum gas or LPG, humans have made incredible strides to help us use LPG to our benefit. This has been done by creating outstanding technologies that allow the easy, everyday use of gas for heating, lighting and cooking in our homes, but did you know that these technologies, such as heaters and stoves, should be used for their intended purpose and in their intended location?

Read more below to learn the dangers of misusing your outdoor gas heater and why it shouldn’t be brought indoors!

 

Fire Risks

When gas bottles and appliances are used correctly, the risk to the user is minimal, however, if they have been misused they can pose serious hazards to your home and your health. Patio or outdoor gas heaters are specifically designed to work outside. Moving the outdoor heater inside can restrict the ventilation of the outdoor heater, this is very dangerous. In the worst-case scenario, you could have large flames from your heater and sudden combustion will take place, leading to a serious house fire.

 

Health Risks

All gas appliances will produce small amounts of other gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide and carbon monoxide. The larger the appliance is and more gas it needs to work effectively, the amounts of these gases it will produce are greater. Bringing a gas heater designed for a ventilated area into a room with little air circulation will lead to a build of these gases causing people inside to experience headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, dizziness and even death.

 

Different Specifications

Gas heaters developed for indoor use need to meet certain standards in safety. This means that in order for them to be considered safe for indoor use, they can’t produce an excess of nitric oxide, carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide. Patio or outdoor gas heaters do not have these manufacturer design restrictions as they intended to be used outside without any restriction to their ventilation needs. 


South Africans are not strangers to the horrific accidents that can occur when products are not carefully monitored or used for their intended purpose. Always follow the instructions and safety precautions when using your gas appliances, turn off your gas bottle valves when you have finished using your appliance, and only use the appliance for its intended use only.

As is with everything in life, making use of Liquid Petroleum Gas to help light/heat your home and aid in cooking your food, certain precautions and safety measures need to be taken. Knowing how to detect certain warning signs and how to take care of your gas bottles is vital to using gas safely. Read more to learn what you need to know about gas safety.

 

The Propane Gas Alarm

For any home, campsite, or caravan that makes use of natural gas or LPGas, a Propane Gas Alarm is a must. These alarms are specifically designed to help detect a wide range of combustible and hazardous gases which can often be found in the home. From LPG and natural gas to methane and butane, these clever alarm systems will let you know there’s a problem with rogue gas levels before they hit a dangerous level.

 

Gas Bottle Erosion and Corrosion

Both corrosion and erosion is a natural process that can be observed in numerous places in nature, but this isn’t something you want to watch happen to your gas bottle or its pipes. There are several different types of corrosion which you will need to look out for, but all are characterised as obvious damage to the cylinder which weakens the cylinder’s integrity. The best prevention for corrosion is awareness, keep an eye on the condition of your gas bottles and have them serviced regularly by a professional, licensed supplier.

 

Cylinder Placement

Knowing where and how to place and store your gas bottles can be the difference between safe and dangerous gas use. Always ensure that your cylinder is placed upright on a level surface with enough airflow and ventilation surrounding it. Make sure your cylinder is stored away from extremely high heat sources and remember to keep it in a safe place away from children.

 

Warning Signs

Do you know the warning signs of a gas leak? Knowing these four warning signs could save your life if you have a problem:

1. The smell of gas lasts longer than a few seconds after igniting it on the gas heater, gas stove, or gas lamp.
2. Hearing a soft hissing noise coming from the direction of the gas bottle.
3. Severe corrosion anywhere on the cylinder.
4. Your gas appliances have a discoloured flame. You will always want to see a crisp blue coloured flame instead or an orange or yellow flame. 

Knowing how to take care of your gas bottles and gas appliances can be the difference between using it safely or creating a dangerous environment. If you’re looking for a safe and reliable energy partner to help with your gas needs, then contact us with your query.

 

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Do you know the fascinating history of gas? Read here and discover how we have shaped gas to suit our needs: http://ow.ly/vlhl30p3rRD

It’s general knowledge that humans have evolved alongside gas (LPG), marvelling at all it has done for us. From the Greek temples to being the first widespread method of producing light, gas(LPG) has influenced us as much as we have shaped it for our needs. Want to know more? Read on for a short history on how we have used gas (LPG).

 

When gas was discovered

It has been known that gas (LPG) was noticed by humans as early as 1000 BCE as flames burning through rocks and crevasses in the Americas, Middle East, and Asia. One of the most well known of these natural gas outlets was found on the Greek mountain of Parnassus. It was thought to have been a sign of divinity and they built a temple around it to house the Oracle of Delphi. Since then, gas has been discovered in pockets and deposits around the world and manufactured into Liquid Petroleum Gas and other manufactured gas types in the 19th Century.

 

How did gas come into our homes

Britain was the first country to commercialize both natural gas and LPG in 1785 which was produced from coal to light up homes, street lamps and even businesses. During the 19th Century, gas was used almost exclusively as a source of light. However, when electricity started becoming the preferred power source for municipal, commercial, and business purposes, gas engineers started looking for more ways in which it could be used.

 

How has technology developed for gas use

With one great discovery comes many minds who will find ways to improve and further develop something for our convenience. Towards the end of the 19th Century gas started moving out of the homes to be replaced with electricity. Engineers started looking for alternative uses for gas which lead to cooking and heating appliances such as the Bunsen Burner (developed in 1885) and gas pipelines for transportation, although the design for these pipelines were only made efficient after the Second World War.

 

Since then, gas bottles have become more streamlined and propane detectors have made it safer for homeowners and business owners to have gas to fuel their homes. Needless to say, gas has been fundamental to our growing understanding of the world we live in and as we search for cleaner power alternatives, it looks like LP Gas will be here to stay for longer.

Life can be filled with choices, but some should be easier to make than others. Should you own a car or Uber? Should you own a home or rent? And now for an easy one, should you own or use exchanged gas cylinders? Owning or exchanging your own gas bottle will be dependant on your personal needs, so read on and discover which option is right for you.

 

Pros of owning your own cylinder

Owning your own gas cylinder can give you a few more freedom when it comes to what you get and where you get it.

 Here are the three pros to owning your bottle:

  1. You can shop around and find the best company for you with the most affordable refill rates. Many gas companies can’t and won’t refill a bottle they’re not verified to refill.
  2. No more deposit costs and obligations for minimal consumption fees. Whether or not you know it, if you are depositing a gas cylinder, you will be paying extra for it being on your property, this may be a line item or additional costs on the gas refills.
  3. Make your tank your own. Owning your tank means you can customise it the way you want, perfect for group camping trips.

 

Pros to depositing your cylinder

Just because you have the option to own your own gas bottle doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right choice for you, here are the five pros to exchanging cylinders.

  1. If the bottle, valve, or pipes on the cylinder you own has a leak, not only will you be losing gas but you can’t return the bottle for another one. If you deposit the bottle, the supplier will have to exchange it for you.
  2. Gas bottles are expensive, starting from R500.00 for a 3kg bottle without gas supplied, you will also need to do your homework to see where you can get it refilled at an additional cost.
  3. Your options are limited because in South Africa it is against the law to own a gas bottle over 9kgs for commercial use. If you require a larger gas bottle, using cylinders you can exchange is the best option for you.
  4. Gas Bottles don’t add to property value meaning that wherever you go, you will need to take your cylinder with when you leave or sell it.
  5. You’re liable for maintenance and any accidents. Whoever owns the bottle will be responsible for any problems with or resulting from the gas bottle from general care or to serious accidents. Therefore if you deposit the bottle, it’s the gas company’s responsibility to maintain and ensure it’s in working condition, but if you own your bottle, it's yours. Insurance is highly recommended.

Gas has been used to help us heat, light and power our homes for over a hundred years, but what do we really know about it? Here are five interesting facts about liquid petroleum gas that you probably didn’t know.

  1. LPG is stored in a pressurised bottle in its liquid form.
  2. LPG gases is easily compressed into liquid at relatively low pressures making it easier to store.
  3. LPG liquid boils and turns back into gas vapour when pressure is released by turning on your gas appliance.
  4. The LPG gas vapour is held in the top of the bottle while the liquid LPG sits at the bottom.
  5. LPG is usually stored, as a liquid, in steel vessels ranging from small 9kg gas bottles to larger gas cylinders.

Whether you are using gas on the occasional camping trip or to run your household this winter, you can rest assured that SimsGas will be ready to keep your gas supply well stocked.

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