Did you know that handling and incorrect use of the cooking gas cylinder can pose a danger of intoxication or explosion, which can cause irreversible damage to people’s health? That is why it is very important to pay attention to the correct ways of using cooking gas, from its installation to daily care.
First, it is important to make sure that the cylinder has the seal of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) and that it is being transported and sold safely by the gas distributor. When handling the gas cylinder, always keep it in an upright position and avoid falls, knocks and exposure to high temperatures.
It is essential to ensure that the environment where the cylinder is located has good ventilation and is away from heat sources. Avoid leaving the cylinder stored in closed places that are not suitable for this use, such as cabinets or other structures without ventilation.
To protect it from the external environment, you can use a shelter for cylinders, with an airy door and space that holds the gas, the valve and the hose. It is important to keep the cylinder away from drains, drains and drains.
Never place your cylinder close to cupboards or shelves that store flammable items such as kerosene, alcohol, insecticides, aerosols and bleach, because if they leak, they could cause explosions.
When installing the gas system, check that the hose, clamps and gas pressure regulator are in good condition. According to Inmetro (National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology), the ideal is that the hoses and regulators are changed every five years.
It is also important to regularly check that there are no leaks in the gas system. A common way to observe possible leaks is to apply soapy water to the cylinder connections and observe if bubbles form, indicating leaks.
It is worth mentioning that, if it is possible to observe the formation of bubbles, the recommended thing is to close the gas valve and contact the technical assistance of the gas supplier or distributor. You can also contact the Fire Department by calling the free number 193.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho
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