New guidelines to reduce risk in bushfire-prone areas
Issue Date: - Thursday, 24 May 2012
- New guide aims to reduce the risk of LPG explosions
The State Government has released new guidelines for the storage of LP Gas cylinders on properties in bushfire-prone areas.
Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the Government had developed the guidelines after EnergySafety testing found gas cylinders could explode if they fell over during a fire. The Keelty Report into the 2011 bushfires in the Perth Hills and evidence from the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires also highlighted the risks involved with LPG cylinders in such situations.
Mr O’Brien said the new guidelines advised residents in bushfire prone areas to ensure their gas cylinders were supported or tethered so they remained upright at all times.
It comes after the Keelty Report recommended local governments inform residents in bushfire-prone areas of any changes to the Australian Standard for the Storage and Handling of LP Gas.
“Although EnergySafety has recommended changes to the Australian Standard to make support or tethering of LPG cylinders mandatory, this is a lengthy process and would only apply to new installations,” the Minister said.
“These guidelines will provide residents with timely information on how to keep their gas cylinders safe in the interim.”
The booklet - LP Gas cylinder safety in bushfire-prone areas - aims to help residents reduce the risks associated with LPG cylinders should a fire approach by providing information on where and how to position gas cylinders and safety valves, install support structures, actions to take during a bushfire and gas cylinder maintenance.
“These guidelines are voluntary, but I would urge residents in areas without reticulated gas networks that may be prone to bushfires to ensure they have a copy of the document,” Mr O’Brien said.
“By following this guide residents will lessen the risks to themselves, emergency services personnel and bystanders.”
- The guidelines are available on the EnergySafety website at http://www.energysafety.wa.gov.au
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