Most people say using of Gas Cylinder is risky while some say they will never buy or use them at home. The truth is that, the safety of the gas cylinder solely depends on the user.
Some persons mis-manage it while some take precaution while using it.
In this article we will be discussing what should be done when your gas is on fire and also how to prevent gas cylinder explosion.
Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. Fire is hot because the conversion of the weak double bond in molecular oxygen, O2, to the stronger bonds in the combustion products carbon dioxide and water releases energy
The flame is the visible portion of the fire. Flames consist primarily of carbon dioxide, water vapor, oxygen and nitrogen. If hot enough, the gases may become ionized to produce plasma. Depending on the substances alight, and any impurities outside, the color of the flame and the fire’s intensity will be different.
If your cylinder is on fire, you shouldn’t pour water on the cylinder because as you keep pouring water the gas coming out the cylinder will keep the fire burning. And don’t ever go try to try to off the gas cylinder’s regulator when the fire is still burning to avoid dangerous explosion.
All You need need do at that moment is to off the fire but no by pouring water on the cylinder.
Take the steps below to easily put out the fire
1. Look for a piece of clothe.
2. Find or locate a bowl of water.
3. Soak the clothe on the bowl of water.
4. Cover the burning gas with the wet clothe(This will put out the fire).
5. Then off the cylinder using the gas regulator.
This is best way to put out fire on gas cylinder, any other method you try may be risky and can lead to death or serious injury.
How to prevent Gas Cylinder Explosion
Domestic gas cylinder if not well handled can lead to fatal accidents such as explosions. Therefore learning how to prevent gas cylinder explosion is important. The following are safety tips that you can apply when handling gas cylinders.
#1. Keep the gas knob out of reach for children when not using.
#2. Make sure that the kitchen or cooking area is well ventilated for a good flow of air in case of a gas leak.
#3. Educate people around you on gas cylinder safety measures and how to use and handle gas cylinders.
#4. Do not use make use of gas cylinder for long hours while cooking.
Welding Gas, Not LPG
In reality, most accidents involving gas bottles and tradespeople are welding gas related and not LPG. Most gas cylinder are made locally and not suitable for hold gaseous substance. Out of the incapability of the cylinder leads to fire outbreak and explosion.
Locally made gas cylinder
Original Gas Cylinder
LPG cylinders should be bought from authorized seller.