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Storing Your Gases Safely in Winter

Gas is important in the cold months; it can keep you warm and a well-timed winter barbecue can raise morale if you’re feeling especially bleak. To ensure that you get the most out of your gas, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve stored gas safely to protect your safety as well as your investment against leaks.

At Adams Gas, we know how important it is to ensure that you stay as safe as possible, which is why we have listed a few tips that you can adopt to stay safe with gas during the winter.

LPG gas bottles on the snow in front of the open car boot, winter scene

Don’t Store Your Bottles Indoors

You might think that storing your gas outside would be a bad idea, perhaps because you are afraid that the natural elements will cause the deterioration of your gas canister, however, storing your gas outside is one of the most important precautions that you can take against fatal accidents with gas.

Even when your gas is stored outside, you may want to check on it occasionally to ensure that all is as you expect. It is possible that moisture freezing around the canister could cause issues with the regulator or valves, and you will want to avoid losing your gas to the atmosphere in a leak. To protect your gas, you should make sure that the valve is turned off completely and the connector hose is removed.

On the other hand, if you’re storing camping gaz or Calor gas, you’ll be glad to know that the gas itself won’t freeze and rupture the container. Propane’s freezing point is around -180 degrees Celsius – temperatures which don’t occur naturally on earth. Butane is easier to freeze, but is still extremely unlikely to freeze in your back garden over winter.

BBQ cooker with bottles of beer during winter time on home outdoor deck

Store Gas Bottles Correctly

When storing gas bottles in an outhouse or a shed, you need to make sure that the correct procedures are followed. For example, always ensure that the tap is completely covered; this makes sure that no dust or anything of a similar size doesn’t block the gas tap. You can do this by strapping a rag around the tap, which will also provide some insulation to prevent against issues with moisture freezing around it and damaging the integrity of your equipment.

You should also make sure that it stands upright. This will reduce the potential of leaks occurring. Also, when thinking about where to store it, a shelf or a raised surface is generally better, as you are then less likely to knock it over accidentally. Alternatively, you could place bricks on either side of your bottle to help to keep it upright.

There are a couple of other things that you can do to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your friends, such as keeping your gas bottles in a secure environment and making sure that they are away from children.

If you are worried that storing your gas bottles outside in the open could encourage theft on your property, you could build or order a wire cage to store your bottles in. This will ensure that any gas leaks will dissipate into the atmosphere, rather than hang around in a confined space where a single spark could become very dangerous.

At Adams Gas, we always ensure that the gas bottles we provide are rigorously tested to make sure that they are as safe as possible before delivery, whether you’ll be using them for part-time hobbies, household items, or a business project. Despite our close regulations and tests, however, it’s up to you to practice good safety around gas to ensure that you achieve the best experience with your purchase.

Gas pressure gauge

If you want to know more information about our safety policies, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.