Fire Precautions - Cylinders

Gas Bottle & Cylinder Fire Precautions

ALWAYS STORE BOTTLES CORRECTLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ADVICE IN THIS DOCUMENT AND UKLPG CODE OF PRACTICE NO 7.

Action in an Emergency

  • Sound the alarm and summon the fire fighting services.

  • Evacuate all personnel, except those necessary to deal with the emergency, from the danger area (particularly if in path of any cloud).

  • Always approach fire or leak from upwind and ONLY if safe to do so.

In case of a leak without fire

  • Isolate the leaking cylinder(s) and if possible stop the source of the leak.

  • If the leak cannot be stopped remove the cylinder(s) to an isolated area i.e. clear of people, buildings, drains and sources of ignition. The point of leakage should be kept uppermost.

In case of a leak with fire

  • A small fire from a bottle may be smothered with a wet cloth or dry powder extinguisher, ONLY if it is possible to stop the leak.

  • Cool with water any adjacent cylinder, which cannot be moved to a safe place.

  • Always approach any fire or leak from upwind and using all protection available.

It is best to control gas fires and not to extinguish them until the sources are cut off. Due regard should be taken of the possibility of exploding bottles and jets of flame from relief valves.

Fire Extinguishers for LPG Cylinder Storage

Quantity of LPG Stored Minimum number of Fire Extinguishers (9kg dry powder)
<400kg 1 1
>400kg 2+1 per additional 10,000kg or part thereof in excess of 5000kg (e.g. 25,000kg = 4)

For quantities of stored LPG above 400kg the site operator should also consider the provision of an adequate water supply and associated equipment.

For quantities of stored LPG in excess of 25,000kg, please consult with Flogas for specialist advice.

Emergency Telephone: 0345 720 0100