Keeping LPG appliances safe: new regulator guidance launched

Monday 1st March 2021

Liquid Gas UK, the Association representing the LPG and bioLPG Industry, has this week launched new consumer guidance on Regulators to support the sector, and promote the importance of working with a qualified, registered engineer.

The main purpose of an LPG gas regulator is to reduce pressure so that the levels are in line with those required by appliances.

The new guidance explains why regulators are necessary, as well as the importance of fitting Over Pressure Shut Off Valves (OPSO’s). The guidance gives good engineering practice on regulator setting levels for domestic and commercial applications, the service life, and how to deal with malfunctions.

The consumer guidance will be particularly useful as we head towards spring and summer, and more people choose to dine outdoors with BBQ’s and outdoor heaters. This guidance will also be useful to the leisure industry, including camping and caravanning and outdoor food retailers.

Richard Hakeem, Director of Safety and Technical Policy at Liquid Gas UK commented:

“Our latest Consumer Guidance Sheet explains in detail why regulators are necessary, how they reduce the pressure of LPG so that the appliance can be used safely, while consumers enjoy the benefits of LPG during the summer season.”

The new guidance highlights the regulators service life subject to correct use and storage in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

It is recommended that regulators should be replaced if ten years old or more. If a regulator is over 10 years old, it should be used in conjunction with an OPSO valve.

When regulators have been out of use for a period of time particularly over the winter months they will need to be assessed for seasonal damage.

Water entering the regulator from rain, snow and even sea spray can pose a serious risk. The vent needs to be correctly positioned to avoid ingress of water or contamination from dust particles such as that from brick mortar.

If a regulator has been disconnected from its gas supply it needs to be stored correctly so that it is not at risk of water damage or contaminates, and if the regulator has been out of use for a long period of time, as is likely with outdoor BBQ equipment, it is recommended the valve is turned off completely until required.

Most importantly if the regulator shows signs of water damage, leakage or general wear and tear it is recommended that it is replaced.

To download the Liquid Gas UK Consumer Guidance Sheet for Regulators, click here.

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK