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  • Having an annual LPG safety inspection is very important, sadly though this seems to get overlooked till something goes wrong.

    So, who needs an LPG safety inspection?

    Anyone you uses LPG as an alternative to mains gas.

    If you live in a village where mains gas is not available, you may use LPG for your central heating and cooking.

    Mobile homes and boats also use LPG for heating as well as cooking.

    What is an LPG safety inspection?

    First and foremost it’s about the safety of your appliances are they safe to use.

    Your central heating boiler may have developed a fault that you have not noticed.

    It could be leaking carbon monoxide without you knowing you cannot see it or even smell it.

    Just like mains gas appliances boilers, cookers, hobs and fires, they should be inspected annually.

    Mobile homes tend to cause most problems due to the fact they are not in use all of the year.

    Boats don’t seem to give as many problems but still need an inspection.

    LPG that is supplied by bottles has a changeover valve or regulator that regulates the gas pressure to all appliances.

    Changeover valves and regulators need replacing every ten years to ensure safety.

    The hoses that connect to the changeover valve are called pigtails.
    The same rule applies but changes every five years.

    Both changeover valves and hoses tend to deteriorate over time.

    Any other hoses also need replacing every five years.

    These are the most common faults that we come across.

    All of the above tend to get overlooked until something happens.

    You must use someone who’s registered with Gas Safe.

    Who can carry out an LPG safety inspection?

    They must be registered to work on LPG appliances.

    The most common appliances being fires, boilers and cookers.

    When contacting the engineer ensure they can work on your LPG appliances.

    You can check an engineer on the gas safe website.

    It’s simple to use as well helpful when looking for an engineer.

    LPG registered engineers are few and far between, the most common being natural gas engineers.

    So, ensure the engineer can work on your LPG appliances.

    The engineer will inspect all appliances, hoses, regulators and changeover valves.

    Any appliances connected to flues will have a safety check ensuring they are safe to use with no defects present, this being one the most important checks.

    On completion of the LPG safety inspection, a gas safe certificate with details of all appliances and model numbers and any defects found issued for your records.

    Many mobile home sites now require that you have an LPG safety inspection each year, this ensures the safety of there site.

    Boatyards are much the same as mobile home sites they want to ensure the safety of everyone using their site.

    Many insurance companies also want to see that the product they are insuring is safe.

    In the United Kingdom, around 80% of all gas appliances go unchecked until something goes wrong, both LPG and natural gas.

    We tend to forget how dangerous gas and products of combustion can be to us.

    If you have been reading this article because you have a problem with your gas supply or appliances I hope you find this helps.

    Safety is the number one issue that tends to get overlooked arrange yours today.