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Oftentimes a gas cylinder is neglected when it comes to proper safety regulations. SimsGas considers the safety of our customers as a vital component to ensuring the best possible use of our products. Because of this, there are certain aspects of safety that you always have to look out for when using LPG in your home. 

First and foremost, is your gas bottle properly sealed with the Oryx security seal? Read on for more information.

 

Why are seals important?

Illegal Gas bottles often do not have a proper seal and this is because a lot of gas companies don’t adhere to the proper checks once filling. The seal is a guarantee that the product has passed quality checks, and is ready for you to use safely. We at SimsGas prioritise the safety of our customers and therefore our seals carry the Oryx regulation safety logo.

It has become increasingly common for unauthorised traders to take gas bottles of a well-known brand, fill them illegally, and then sell them to unsuspecting consumers. Illegally filled bottles pose a great risk to home safety as you cannot be sure that they have been filled in accordance with proper regulatory guidelines or that the bottle and its valves and lines are properly connected and in good condition.

When purchasing a new gas cylinder you need to consider a few factors. It is important to check whether or not your gas cylinder has a branded seal vacuum sealed over the main valve. In our case, the seal will always have the official Oryx brand.

Here are a few reasons why you need to make sure you have a seal when purchasing your next gas refill:

  1. Gas bottle has been filled correctly 
  2. Gas bottle is full and you have not been given a half empty cylinder
  3. The bottle is safe for you to use 
  4. The bottle has been stored and transported upright in a well ventilated environment

 

The Oryx company seal

Spotting the Oryx company seal is a surefire way of confirming that a company is certified and recognised by all regulatory parties involved. It is considered the signature or official brand of licensed accreditation.

This follows the Occupational Health and Safety Act for pressure based equipment. SimsGas cylinder seals are used to seal the opening between various components in the gas cylinder. They are designed to retain gas fluids, exclude solid or liquid contaminants, maintain gas pressure, and most importantly, ensure your safety.  


Health and Safety regulations

It is crucial for all our customers to learn the health and safety regulations when dealing with gas. The more we know the safer we and our families will be. Make sure your gas bottle is constantly in an upright position to ensure that vapour rather than liquid is used.

The gas cylinder must be stored outdoors, in a well-ventilated position against a building, wall or structure, and on firm level ground. Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblock to allow for proper airflow. When gas stoves are in use ensure sufficient ventilation, do not open the gas flame too high and ensure that the gas is turned off properly after use.

Always buy your gas cylinders from authorised gas distributors such as SimsGas. Make sure you check that the cylinder has been delivered with the Oryx company seal and safety cap intact. Never accept a cylinder with a broken seal!

Look for the test expiration date, which is marked on the inside of the cylinder retention plate, and do not accept the cylinder if this date has passed. Always store the LPG cylinder away from flammable materials. Make sure you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher in your home or business. Regularly share all gas-related safety tips with, staff, friends, and family members.


SimsGas and safety

SimsGas treats the safety of our consumers with the utmost importance. If you wish to learn more about gas safety measures as well as pick up insightful tips on recipes and general LPG use. Why not keep reading through the rest of our blog entries?

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We pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers. Through continued investments we make in our staff and our business, we are confident in our business practices. We strive to be viewed not only as suppliers of LPG but as a business partner for energy.

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South Africans have been experiencing a multitude of issues over the past few years from intermittent load shedding to the uncertainty of lockdowns that have occurred through numerous degrees of government shutdowns. As such, there has never been a better time to move towards alternative energy solutions like LPG that not only saves you money but is better for the environment.

 

Why LPG?

LPG is an efficient energy fuel source with an excellent calorific value (Heat efficiency). It is known to be more effective than conventional fuel sources, which results in less energy wastage and adequate use of our limited resources. 

LPG provides versatility as opposed to your traditional cooking fuels. It is extremely efficient for all residential zones such as villages, towns, cities, urban regions and provides a way for countries to reduce their overall emissions, improve air quality, and ensure energy security is without large scale capital outlay.

Immediate benefits 

LPG is accessible even in the most secluded of areas. It improves the lives of citizens worldwide by providing further momentum to regional development. Rural areas benefit from natural gas, as such SimsGas LPG is an ideal power source to service both these areas and the country at large.

Whether as a prime source or in combination with renewable fuels. SimsGas LPG is extremely versatile and portable. It is known for its clean-burning fuel that is low in carbon emissions. The use of LPG over conventional fuel improves air quality, reduces emissions, and protects the environment. 

 

Infrastructure readily available

The demand for LPG as bio-fuels for power generation is estimated to rise significantly with a number of new power stations. The import of LPG will not exclude other fuel options in the long run because LPG regasification and import infrastructure can be configured in a modular (portable) way. Because of this, LPG is currently considered the most practicable option due to lower risk and lower project costs compared to the need for constant connection to natural gas pipelines.

 

Raising consumer awareness

As much as SimsGas LPG is considered safe and stable, like any fuel LPG still presents some degree of danger. Negligence can be related to poor hose connections, damaged or insufficient maintenance, placing a gas bottle near a heat source, or improper bottle storage.

When gas is not burned properly or used in an area without sufficient ventilation, it creates excess carbon monoxide, a colourless, odourless gas. Once inhaled, carbon monoxide binds to haemoglobin in the blood. Thus reducing the blood's ability to carry oxygen and poisoning it in the process.

 

Conclusion

LPG has significantly replaced biofuels in all areas as the consumption of electricity and liquefied gas continues to rise. With the population rapidly growing, the increasing cost is pushing consumers towards a new phase of fuel shortage. As such, more consumers are set to use LPG in the future.


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So yet another year comes to a close which means that our team had the enjoyment of putting together a host of festive lunches that they’ll be cooking for their families over the festive season. From roast lamb to traditional yet convenient mince pies. We’re going all out this year!

We went on to try out our favourite recipes and decided to share our top three picks with you. Read on and pick out your favourite recipe for a memorable holiday braai with gas.

Conventional Roast Lamb

We seem to have a whole team of secret food stylists at SimsGas since this South African spin on a conventional roast lamb with potatoes and shallots is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Your next festive roast needs to be a meal to remember, and we won’t be forgetting this one any time soon!

Ingredients

  • x1 leg of lamb
  • Freshly cut rosemary
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 60ml of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 halved shallots
  • 500g of halved baby potatoes
  • 1 lemon


Cooking instructions

Start by preheating your oven to 200°C. Cut your garlic into cloves and poke medium-sized holes into your lamb and then stuff them with rosemary and the cloves. Once stuffed, place into a roasting pan and sprinkle with oil.

Season well with salt and pepper and be sure to taste to your liking. Depending on the size of your leg of lamb, roast for about 45 minutes - 1 hour with the lid on. Remove from the oven and add the remaining ingredients. Be sure to season as you go.

Reduce the heat to 160°C and roast the lamb for another 1 to 1 ½ hour. Serve leg at the table alongside roasted potatoes and shallots. Carve at the table for extra fragrance.

 

Customary Roast Chicken

While our friends overseas enjoy a thanksgiving or festive turkey, South Africans, on the other hand, are huge roast chicken lovers. And why wouldn’t they be? Not only are roast chickens incredibly scrumptious, but they’re also super easy to make. Beating out those gobblers every time!

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken, whole
  • ¼ cup of melted, unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of white wine (optional)
  • 1 half lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp of fresh dried ground mixed herbs
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1 sweet potato
  • ½ pumpkin


Cooking Instructions 

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with foil or grease your roasting pan. Rinse chicken at the sink and pat dry using a paper towel. Mix your melted butter, olive oil, wine, and lemon juice together.

Rub the buttered mixture all over your chicken. Be sure to get inside and under the skin. Season with salt, pepper, and mixed herbs. Rub your minced garlic over the chicken as well thus mixing all ingredients together and over the chicken.  Roughly peel and halve your garlic head horizontally and stuff it into the chicken cavity along with rosemary sprigs and the rest of your whole lemon.

Add veggies and red onion to the baking tray alongside the chicken and roast for 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes depending on the size of your chicken. Ensure that you baste the chicken halfway through roasting time (40 minutes in)

Remove the chicken from the baking tray, cover with foil, and let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Convenient Mince Pies

What would a traditional festive season lunch be like without the addition of mince pies to truly get into the theme of things? According to our staff, this particular mince pie recipe was originally cooked up by former Miss South Africa, Sandy de Bruyn. You couldn’t get any more South African if you tried! For that, this particular recipe makes our final three choices.

Ingredients

  • 500g of defrosted and ready-made puff pastry (More convenient)
  • 400g jar of prime mincemeat
  • 1 orange, zest and juice included
  • 1 beaten white egg
  • Icing sugar. For serving


Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 220°C and use a pastry cutter to shape out 12 circles from the puff pastry. Butter up a 12=cup muffin pan and place pastry at the bottom of each cup, ensuring that it is even and rounded.

Mix together your mincemeat, orange zest and juice together and place a spoonful of the mixture into each base. Be sure to brush the round edges with egg white and place more of the mixture on the top so as to ensure the filling is properly sealed.

Once finished, brush the tops with more egg white and bake in the oven for atleast 15 minutes depending on your mixture density. Wait until the bake begins to rise or is atleast a golden brown and be sure to cool just before serving.

And there you have it! Our top three picks for a scrumptious South African roast. SimsGas would like to wish all of our customers and readers a very happy Festive Season!

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The increase in demand for LPG has risen over the years, as such illegal activities surrounding illegal gas fillings have increased too. The Liquid Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa sent out a report on an increase in illegal activities by criminals who threaten public safety and have put the livelihoods of people at risk by illegally filling cylinders. 

Unfortunately, this rise in demand means an increase in illegal activities by certain people who see the LPG industry as an opportunity to make easy money even if it’s at a cost or consequences to the public.

 

The dangers of buying illegally refilled gas

When buying a gas cylinder, always keep in mind that some of the illegally filled cylinders carry water to make them appear full whereas others are saturated using incorrect equipment by untrained sellers and are hazardous when exposed to excessive heat.

It is been made aware that the major outlets for LPG cylinders are from our petrol stations where the owners purchase illegally filled cylinders from unaccredited dealers, this often happens without realising the inherent dangers which these cylinders may pose on the buyers or even the fact that they are disintegrating the law and also participating in the proceeds of illegal activities.

 

Ways to spot if your gas canister has been illegally filled

It’s becoming more apparent that unaccredited distributors are getting easy access to empty cylinders, illegally filling them up with uncertified gas, and reselling them to buyers. This poses a huge risk to unsuspicious buyers as they are unsure whether correct gas was used or if the cylinder was evaluated, and if not this problem could result in a gas leak.

It’s advisable to check the seal on the cylinder for the official branding of the gas supplier. If the seal does not contain the dealer’s branding or printed logo you are likely a victim of a fraudulent supplier.

 

The process of illegal gas refills

The process of refilling an illegal gas bottle is done by weight using digital scales or gas bottle refill by draining out the gas using the bleed screw. Filling below the 80 per cent level might not be considered dangerous but it does constitute fraud as buyers are being charged for more LPG than they are actually receiving. 

 

Safety assurance tips

It’s important to grasp the LPG safety tips, especially during this festive season when many of us are at home throwing braais. Using the gas cylinder safety measures in place will keep this holiday season safe and memorable.

When using LPG make sure to never leave your gas stove unattended when cooking or braaing. Leaving your gas stove on while unattended can turn into a hazardous condition. Ensure to leave your LPG cylinder in an upright position while making sure the valves are at the top of the cylinder.

Lastly, the most significant safety tip to keep in mind is ventilation. Place your gas cylinder in an open place, closer to your door or window to ensure sufficient air circulation. Do not keep your cylinder close to other electric outlets and dangerously vulnerable equipment in the house to avoid ignition.

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With the festive season on the horizon, more festive events will be taking place. While we enjoy this summer tradition in South Africa, safety around braaing with gas is important. If you’re planning on using a braai, whether it’s a disposable one, gas or charcoal make sure you keep yourself safe and don’t put yourself at risk.

Always braai in an open area, rather than an enclosed space. Carbon monoxide is highly poisonous and is created when fossil fuels such as gas and solid fuels like charcoal and wood fail to combust fully due to a lack of oxygen. You can’t see it, taste it, or smell it but it can be lethal.

Here are some handy tips on how to enjoy those braais safely. 

 

Safety tips for braaing outside

  • Never leave a lit braai unattended.
  • When using gas to braai, make sure you check out hoses and joints to make sure there are no blockages caused by insects or accumulated fat.
  • Make sure to check for gas leaks and replace all hoses and joints showing signs of wear and tear. Also, make sure none are bent so as to obstruct gas flow.
  • Make sure gas hoses are not exposed to direct heat or flames when the appliance is lit – install a heat shield to protect them if necessary.
  • Make sure the gas taps are turned off before changing the gas cylinder and always do this outside.
  • Store gas cylinders upright and preferably not in the house or under the grill.
  • Only use your braai in accordance with the operating instructions.
  • Always ensure the area where the braai is being used is well ventilated.
  • Watch for the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning most likely headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse, and loss of consciousness. 

If you notice any of them, get the patient out into the open air as quickly as possible and err on the safe side by getting medical attention for the patient as quickly as possible.

 

Gas bottle advice

As you plan for your braai using gas, make sure to keep your cylinders cool and away from flames, sparks or heat. Store gas bottles outdoors in a well-ventilated space away from any ignition source.

If you store your braai stand indoors and when not in use, you should always detach the gas bottle first and store it separately outdoors. It is important to regularly leak test your braai, gas bottle, gas regulator, and hose. Keep valves firmly closed when not being used and always turn off the gas bottle when finished. 

 

Picnic and countryside etiquette

As the weather warms up and we head into the festive season, outdoor spaces like picnic spots provide a safe environment that allows you to get out of the house for a while. The most important aspect of every picnic is that food should be chosen wisely.

Considering that most of it will be served at an inappropriate temperature. If you are invited to a picnic, check whether you should bring any contributions, as it can be considered poor form to turn up with excess food if the meal has been planned out already. Drinks are always welcome.

If food has been homemade, make the effort to taste and appreciate it. Make sure your clothes are comfortable and modest.

 

Travelling with a gas bottle

  • When travelling with a gas bottle, always transport the cylinder in an upright position and secure it so it cannot topple over. When using the cylinder, especially with a large appliance connected directly to it, make sure that the cylinder is on a flat, even surface.
  • Gas bottles being transported in enclosed vehicles must be stored in a dedicated, labelled cylinder storage compartment. The compartment must be ventilated to the outside atmosphere and sealed from the inside of the vehicle.
  • Remove pressure regulators and other attachments from the cylinder valve outlet when in storage.
  • Make sure to turn off cylinder valves and plug valve outlets when stored.
  • Never leave gas cylinders in enclosed vehicles for long periods of time. Always remember to remove and place them in a cool, dry and well ventilated secure place.

 

Complying with these health and safety tips will allow you to have a fun and safe braai day this summer. 

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