LPG – the exceptional energy has a wider application as a fuel in Industries. Higher calorific value, lower carbon emissions , lower maintenance of the combustion system , ease of handling and availability are some of the key factors which is making it the most preferred fuel in the industries. It is also important to be safe when handling any fuels and LPG is no longer an exception in this parameter.
Below, you will find 10 important safety measures to be maintained in your LPG manifold area.
Flame proof equipments and armoured cables to be used within the LPG yard: LPG just requires a small spark to catch fire. That fire can spread to the electrical panels and cause major mishaps. The armoured cables will prevent the sparks from occurring inside the manifold area.
Housekeeping: The most important aspect of manifold safety. Foreign materials like your everyday scrap items, iron rods; empty packaging materials etc create so many issues during emergency situations. They tend to block the path thereby creating an obstacle for the following
Pneumatic testing of manifold: Air at 17Kg/cm2 should be passed through the manifold pipeline to check for leaks at least once a year once because it would measure the manifold’s ability to withstand pressure.
Fire Extinguishers: The following table explains on how many fire extinguishers need to be kept in the LPG manifold yard.
|S No||Capacity of LPG Installations||Number of Fire Extinguisher||Type||
|i)||For installations with LPG 40 kg to 200 kg||2||Dry Powder||10|
|ii)||For installations with LPG more than 200 kg and up to 320 kg||3||Dry Powder||10|
|iii)||For installations with LPG more than 320 kg and up to 1000 kg||4||Dry Powder||10|
|iv)||For installations with LPG more than 1000 kg||2 numbers for each additional 1000 kg or a fraction thereof.||Dry Powder||10|
|NOTE — For electrical installation 1 NO. carbon dioxide (C02) (4.5 kg capacity) fire extinguisher shall be provided.|
No dry vegetation in the LPG yard: Dry vegetation is the primary perpetrator which catches fire easily. Dry vegetation has to be regularly removed to avoid any fire accidents happening.
No culverts within one meter of the manifold and no flame source within 3 meters of the manifold: LPG is heavier than air and tend to settle down in these culverts which can lead to vapour cloud explosions.
Proper approach road to the manifold: The approach road to the manifold should not be with any potholes and the road has to be smooth. The cylinders are heavy and should be jolted during transport. Similarly if it’s a Bulk installation, there should be clear passage for the tanker movement.
Earthing test report: Measuring of earthing pit’s resistance in and around the manifold is to be done regularly. The resistance has to be less than 1 Ohm. Earthing reduces the static electricity caused by the LPG movement in the manifold.
No Mobiles Phones to be used inside the LPG yard: Mobiles are little pocket devils capable of generating a spark. Sparks are enough to complete the fire triangle and cause dangerous explosions. So always keep the mobile Phones outside the manifold areas.
Periodic Maintenance: Prevention is always better than the cure and this is definitely true in case of your LPG manifold. Periodic maintenance reduces or prevents the chance of LPG leaks.
By follow the above steps, probability of fire accidents would be reduced greatly. To ensure more robustness in safety, you can go ahead in installing SUPERGAS’s Continuous Gas Monitoring System plus which monitors gas leaks and it gives an alert, the moment LPG reaches 20% of lower explosive limit. This will ensure that leak is plugged before it can turn into an accident.
Also SUPERAS provides periodic maintenance through Annual Maintenance Contract. You too can opt for it for ensuring an interrupted manufacturing and higher safety. Do ensure that your LPG manifold is safer.
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