You’re at home alone. The LPG delivery boy has come home to deliver the cylinder. You remember that your mom has kept the money with the LPG pass book in the drawer. You rush to get the same. After you pay him, you notice that you hear a hissing sound. A pungent smell has been tingling at your nostrils. You ignore the same. You take the LPG cylinder and connect it to the regulator. But after some time, the smell grows stronger. Then you realize that it’s an LPG leak. This word leak has started to trouble you. Damn your luck! You should’ve detected the LPG leak earlier!
• The first indicator is the pungent acrid smell of LPG. LPG by itself is colourless and odorless. Ethyl Mercaptan is added to LPG for the smell so that any leakage can be easily identified.
• The second level of test you can do is to take a soap solution and apply the same in all possible areas of leak - The body of the cylinder, near the valve, the hose, and regulator are some of the areas.
• There is one more way. You can install a gas leak detector. They are commercially available. SUPERGAS has one such equipment. (https://www.supergas.com/lpg-for-Home/lpg-leak-detector)They detect gas leaks as soon as the LPG reaches 20% of the explosive limit.
If leaks are not identified and arrested properly, it may lead to catastrophic and undesirable events. The interesting fact to note is that 90% of the leaks are due to human negligence. Few instances are:
Overflowing cooking vessels extinguishing burner flames while the LPG supply is on.
Forgetting to turn the regulator off leading to regulator leakage
Keeping the LPG cylinder in an inverted position.
Not fixing the safety cap in an unconnected cylinder
Prevention is always better than cure friends! And SUPERGAS ensures that Safety We Care.