Natural Disasters

Bushfire Safety

To provide LPG users with adequate reassurance that their LPG cylinders will not contribute to any further escalation of potential fire damage. It is strongly recommended that the following simple procedures be followed:

 For any installation, check as follows:

  1. Remove flammable materials away from gas cylinders.
  2. Ensure cylinders are upright and secured on a firm base.
  3. Ensure the cylinder safety relief valves are directed away from the building and from each other.
  4. Ensure the cylinder valves are easily turned “off”.

 If a bushfire approaches

  1. Turn off all cylinder valves and appliances in the home. Don’t forget BBQ / caravan / workshop cylinders.
  2. Ring the fire brigade and follow instructions.

 Pre-summer check

  • Ensure your gas cylinders are secured to a solid structure and on a solid base to prevent falling over.
  • Ensure the safety relief valves or cylinder vent face away from building and each other.
  • Clear any combustible materials away from gas cylinders.
  • Check to ensure the cylinder valves are easily turned “off”.

 If fire approaches:

  • Ring the fire brigade and obey directions.
  • Turn the cylinder off (in clockwise direction) at valve on top.
  • Leave the cylinder where it has been installed.
  • Leave the cylinder in an upright position ( do not attempt to disconnect or remove. LP Gas cylinders should be secured in an upright position. They are designed to vent gas if they become over-pressurised or when heated.)
  • Make sure there are no cylinders stored indoors or underneath the property, including BBQ cylinders (4kg and 9kg).
  • If exposed to heat, and if safe to do so, hose down the cylinders with water to reduce the pressure.

 Never do any of the following:

  • Never place cylinders inside a house or structure during a fire as it can present a hazard to fire fighters.
  • Never lay cylinders on their side.
  • Never cover cylinders with wet material to keep cool – these materials may dry out and burn, heating the cylinder.

Cyclone Safety

In areas where cyclonic conditions are prevalent, It is strongly recommended that the following simple procedures be followed for LPG:

For any installation, check as follows:

  • Remove any debris which may become a missile during high wind conditions.
  • Ensure your cylinders are in the upright position and firmly secured and restrained.
  • Ensure the cylinder valves are turned “off”.
  • Close all manual valve outlets on bulk tanks

If a cyclone approaches

  • Turn off all supply valves and appliances in the home. Don’t forget BBQ / caravan / workshop cylinders/ bulk vessels.
  • Autogas sites should shut down the LPG system at the control station.
  • For LPG storage depots, use restraining straps to bind cylinders together. It is preferred that cylinders are removed from loading ramps and positioned at ground level.
  • Leave the cylinder where it has been installed
  • Do not place cylinders indoors or underneath buildings!! Cylinders are best left in an open and free venting environment.

Pre-cyclone check

  • Keep the storage area clean and tidy and ensure your gas cylinders are secured to a solid structure and on a solid base to prevent falling over.
  • Ensure there are adequate restraining materials available. A tightly bound rope at approximately 2/3 height of a cylinder may be adequate. A more robust ratchet strap is preferred.