Propane, LP Gas, Cylinders and Fire Protection

Current climate conditions mean hot, dry weather is becoming commonplace.  Simple steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of LPG cylinders catching fire and exploding.

The proper placement of LPG cylinders and routine maintenance of the surrounding area are necessary to maintain safe operation and reduce the risk of damages in case of wildfires.

If placed outdoors, cylinders should be on a fireproof surface, off the ground.  This will help prevent the encroachment of flames on the LPG cylinders.  Keep at least a 10 feet radius around the surrounding area clear of debris and potential flammables such as dry leaves, long grasses, trash…etc.  Ideally, remove all grass and weeds in the area around the cylinders, and prevent regrowth with weed/grass killer.   Spread gravel around the cylinders to prevent vegetation growth.  To avoid pressure buildup in the cylinders, make sure the cylinder is light colored or reflective, and free of rust.

Approaching Wildfire and Fire Threat

In case of an approaching fire threat, close all cylinder valves to prevent gas from escaping and minimize the chance of a possible fire.

Move the LPG cylinders away from the house or structure, to an area where fire impact will be minimal.  Place the LPG cylinders in a large water pan filled with water, if possible.  Do not move cylinders indoors or near the house or structure.