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How do I use, store and transport cylinders safely?

Kleenheat offers you a safe and reliable energy solution. Here’s some important advice on how to use gas cylinders correctly.

How do I connect my Kwik-Gas cylinder to an appliance?

Kleenheat Kwik-Gas cylinders are the convenient, safe and reliable option for your barbecue, outdoor heating and camping gas appliances.

To connect your gas bottle, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Turn all appliance controls to off.
  2. Make sure your gas bottle is upright and the valve is turned off before you remove the valve’s blue safety plug.
  3. Remove both tags marked ‘Pull’ on the valve’s blue safety plug and unscrew the safety plug in a clockwise direction using a flat head screwdriver or coin. (Keep the plug for storing or transporting the cylinder.)
  4. Check the appliance connector’s soft rubber seal is in place and undamaged. Never use an appliance connector that is cracked or weathered.
  5. Insert the appliance connector into the cylinder valve and screw in an anti-clockwise direction. This should be firmly tightened by hand.
  6. Turn the cylinder valve on.
  7. Test for gas leaks by applying a soapy water solution all over cylinder valve and appliance connector.
  8. If a leak is present, bubbles will appear. Re-tighten the appliance connector and test with soapy water again until there are no gas leaks present before using the appliance. If leaks persist, do not use the appliance.
  9. Turn cylinder valve off when appliance is not in use.

Please remember Kwik-Gas cylinders should always be transported or carried in the upright position, even when empty.

Kwik-Gas safety tips

  • Know how to properly use the valve on your Kwik-Gas cylinder – turn anti-clockwise to open, clockwise to close.
  • Only use a licensed gas fitter to install new or additional cylinder fittings – it’s illegal for an unlicensed person to install or repair Kwik-Gas cylinders.
  • Never attempt to repair a cylinder yourself – never remove or tamper with valves or a corroded cylinders by grinding, drilling or welding.
  • Upon completion of any gas installations, make sure your gas fitter provides you with a compliance document.
  • Cylinders must be inspected and tested by a qualified person every 15 years – which is why we conduct ongoing inspections and testing at our Kwik-Gas depot.
  • Cylinders with expired test dates cannot legally be filled.
  • Kwik-Gas cylinders (8.5kg and below) can be carried in an enclosed vehicle, but cylinders must remain upright and secured.
  • We recommend a maximum of two Kwik-Gas cylinders be carried at any one time.

Kleenheat 45kg gas cylinder transportation tips

  • At Kleenheat, we generally deliver cylinders in excess of 13kg to your premises.
  • If you need to transport a cylinder yourself, make sure it stands upright and is secured in an open vehicle (e.g. ute or trailer).
  • Make sure the valve is turned off and cannot be moved during transport.
  • A maximum of two cylinders can be transported at any one time.

How do I check gas levels in my Kwik-Gas cylinder?

Checking gas levels in your Kwik-Gas cylinder is quick and easy, so you never need to be caught out at family barbecues.

Just follow these three steps:

  • Make sure your Kwik-Gas cylinder valve is turned to the ‘off’ position.
  • Fill a large bucket with warm water and gently pour the water down the side of the cylinder. Carefully feel the cylinder from the bottom up. The steel will feel cooler below the gas level and warmer above it. Your gas level is at the point where the temperature changes.
  • Need a refill? Kleenheat Kwik-Gas is available at a range of locations across WA and the NT; find your nearest stockist.

General cylinder safety tips

  • Know how to shut off the valve on the cylinder – rotate the hand wheel clockwise and tighten firmly.
  • Only use a licensed gas fitter to install new or additional cylinder fittings. It’s illegal for an unlicensed person to install or repair cylinders – your gas fitter must provide a compliance document when completing a gas installation.
  • Do not attempt to repair a cylinder yourself.
  • Never remove or tamper with valves or a corroded cylinder by grinding, drilling or welding.
  • 45kg cylinders must be inspected and tested by a suitably qualified person every 15 years.
  • Out of test date cylinders cannot legally be filled. Kwik-Gas cylinders are checked when they are swapped over for refills.

Licensed gas fitters

Cylinders must be inspected and tested by a suitably qualified person every 15 years, as out of date cylinders cannot legally be filled. Look for the test date stamp on your cylinders to check the last time it was inspected.

Your personal safety – along with the safety of your family and property, is a priority. That’s why work involving gas must be undertaken by a licensed gas fitter, including the installation and removal of gas appliances.

It is illegal for an unlicensed person to install or repair cylinders; do not attempt to repair a cylinder yourself. Never remove or tamper with valves or a corroded cylinder by grinding, drilling or welding.

The only exception to the rule is simple connections that involve attaching an outlet directly to a Kwik-Gas cylinder, such as a connection found on a gas barbecue.

Once the work is completed, ask your gas fitter for a certificate to show the work has been carried out by a licensed professional.

To find a licensed gas fitter, head online to the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of Western Australia for services available in your area.

How do I report a gas emergency?

If your life or property is under threat, call 000 immediately.

For non-life-threatening emergencies, including faults or leaks, call:

  • Natural gas pipeline issues (ATCO Gas) on 13 13 52
  • Kleenheat gas cylinder customers (cylinders tanks and reticulated gas network) can call 1800 093 336 in the event of an gas emergency.
  • Electricity (Western Power) on 13 13 51

 

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