The arrival of the summer season opens the door to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, and points out the necessity to guarantee safety, especially when using LPG cylinders for cooking outside.
Barbecues are a sign of having some fun during summer, characterised by the odour of meat and the babble of drunk people around a buffet in the open air.
As reported by UKLPG, LPG cylinders are specifically designed for a safe use, and due to their versatility they are ideal for outdoor cooking using BBQs, but their range of applications also regards heaters, domestic boilers, rally cars, caravans, camping and hot air balloons.
There was an initiative debated last summer by Camden Council, North London, lifting barbecue bans in parks, as reported by the Camden New Journal. This initiative was born by the awareness as it was time to trust the public and moreover many of them by living in small apartments did not have the chance to have fun in the open air. Despite several concerns about air pollution by smoke, this ban was revoked last July in some parks, such as Waterlow Park.
it is essential to keep in mind some tips which can be very helpful to make sure our outdoor use of LPG cylinders respects the safety standards, often reminded also by all the associations involved in this industry as WLPGA, UKPLG and AEGPL, aimed to increase, in the meantime, both quality and consumers’ expectations.
How to keep the environment safe
Pat Ardis, chairman of the technical and safety management committee at UKLPG, has explained all barbecues should only ever be used outside. Poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) fumes can be a potential danger if equipment is used in an unventilated space.
Furthermore, gas cylinders for barbecues should always be stored outside, preferably in a caged or fenced area. They should never be kept indoors, in sheds or garages or any place where they can be affected by the rain.
Make sure you store your cylinder in an an accessible place, not in door or passageways and not in cellars, by cellar openings or below ground level. If they are in an area where people walk past, they should be restrained to stop them falling over. Although they are robust, treat cylinders with care to ensure they don’t get damaged.
If you need to move your cylinder it is essential to keep them upright, keeping the valve uppermost and lift carefully or use a trolley as a full cylinder will weigh about twice the contents weight shown on it.
Regarding your barbecue maintenance, remember to never take a barbecue into a tent, awning, caravan or motorhome. A smouldering barbecue still gives off carbon monoxide for several hours after you have finished cooking.
It could be very dangerous if you try to heat or awning your tent by the BBQ. Gas and kerosene heaters – unless they are permanently fitted in a caravan or motorhome – should only be used outside. Stoves and barbecues are designed for cooking not space heating.
As safety must be priority while cooking, it would be important to follow these recommendations in order to stay safe and prevent any risk of damage.
In the wake of what has been recommended, Aburi Composites offers on LPG market composite LPG cylinders, used both for indoor and outdoor, so ideal for BBQs too.
By achieving as main goal the respect for the environment, they are not corrosive, in terms that they adaptable to every weather’s conditions, and 100% environmentally friendly, so they are completely recyclable.
Furthermore, it is essential to remember LPG is one of the cleanest fuels available. As LPG Exceptional Energy states, studies consistently demonstrate that LPG generates fewer carbon emissions than gasoline (petrol) and broadly equivalent emissions to diesel.
The carbon footprint of LPG is also 20% lower than that of fuel oil and 50% lower than coal. Therefore, LPG therefore helps to reduce CO2 emissions and Black Carbon (BC) emissions, which are the second biggest contributor of global warming and which can cause serious health problems.