March is fire prevention month. As parents, we should always be aware and prepared at home about fire prevention safety tips. Majority of us use LPG for cooking at home. Having safety guidelines and tips about LPG is an excellent learning for parenthood that can be use for their family and community safety awareness. Last March 17, PR moms attended the PR Gaz Discovery Day in Pasig.
At the PR GAZ safety seminar, they presented a well-detailed information about LPG, LPG safety tips, things to do in case of emergency, safety use of LPG, and the characteristics and flammability of LPG.
What is LPG?
- The term LPG is a Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
- It is a petroleum product that remains gas at normal temperatures and pressures supplied in pressurized steel cylinders.
- LPG may become liquid that varies depending on composition, pressure, and temperature.
- LPG is composed primarily of 40% propane and 60% butane.
- LPG tank consist of several parts: valve (balbula), collar, cylinder information, tare weight, brand logo, net content and foot ring.
Characteristics of LPG
- Pure LPG is colorless and odorless.
- LPG liquid is lighter than water.
- LPG gas is heavier than air.
- For safety purpose, ethyl mercapthan is mix with LPG that gives unpleasant odor to distinguish if there are LPG leaks.
- LPG is not poisonous but may lead to difficulty in breathing (asphyxiation).
- LPG can melt a natural rubber.
- Always check LPG if there are leaks before using it.
- Make sure that the stove knob is close before opening the valve of the LPG tank.
- If you will be using a match to start up the fire, light the match first before turning on the stove knob.
- Set a permanent location of the stove. Avoid moving the stove from time to time because it can damage the host and coppertube.
- Remove all the things that may trigger fire such as candle, cigarette and matches.
- Close the LPG tank valve (balbula) to stop the flow or leaks of gas.
- Do not turn on and off electrical switches because it may cause spark.
- Open the windows and doors so that natural fresh air will pass through.
- Move the persons (children, elderly and disabled person) that cannot handle emergency aids to a safer place away from the incident location.
- Cover a wet cloth to the part with the hole or gas leakage to avoid liquid leaks.
- When fire started on the tank or in any part of near its place, immediately call 117.
- Do not place the LPG tank inside the cabinet or if it cannot be avoided use a cabinet with louvers.
- Do not used naked light (candle or match) in searching for LPG leaks. It is safer to use soap and water for bubble test.
- Do not replace tank when there is a naked light, use a flashlight instead when there is a power outage.
- Do not use tools in replacing LPG tank.
- Always place you tank in upright position to avoid liquid leak.
- LPG hose should not be less than 1.2 meters so that the tank has a good distance from the stove.
Where do we use LPG?
We use LPG in industrial, homes, cars and agricultural. Some building owners in Bonifacio Global City utilize LPG to power their air-conditioning systems. In this way, it reduces their electricity consumption and allows continuous power supply during rare power outages.
LPG will burn either in liquid or vapor phase. The three elements that may lead to combustion are source of ignition, oxygen and fuel LPG. It will not burn if there is 9.5 parts LPG and 90.5 parts air which is too lean and 1.9 parts air and 98.1 parts LPG which is too rich. With 1.9 to 9.5 parts LPG and 90.5 to 98.1 parts air, it will burn.
PR Gaz Site Tour and seminar
The PR Gaz tour us to their site and introduced us to how they operate their business from the factory to the consumers. Safety measures were observed inside the PR Gaz site. From what I have witnessed and learned, they truly value quality products and service. PR Gaz LPG tanks are only available at their PR Gaz haus branches.
Gazman represents PR Gaz mascot. He looks so friendly that is why the kids like him so much.
The PR Gaz LPG safety seminar is very educational. We learned a lot from them. Thank you so much PR Gaz for letting PR moms visit your site and sharing us the very important things that we need to know about LPG safety tips. They are open to hold LPG safety seminar for your community or school for the fire prevention awareness.
To learn more about PR Gaz, you may visit them at http://www.prgaz.com.ph/.