Summer safety warning for the use of LP gas adaptors
- Explosion and injury risks from the use of LP gas adaptors
- Adaptors override the improved safety of LCC27 valves
- Ensure the safe connection of LP gas cylinders and appliances
The State’s energy safety regulator is warning against the use of valve connectors (adaptors) following a recent incident resulting in serious injury.
A Perth home owner recently received severe burns while using a barbecue. Building and Energy’s investigation found that while the new gas appliance was fitted with the new LCC27 appliance connector, an adaptor used caused the safety valve to not operate.
WA’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, is warning that this hazard contributes to the risk of explosion and injury when operating LP gas appliances, such as a gas-powered barbecue.
From 1 April 2021, LCC27 valves replaced POL valves to improve safety and reduce the risk of barbecue fires and accidental gas leakage from LP gas cylinders. The existing POL valves are being phased out over a 10-year period.
“The valve connection adaptors override the improved safety feature of the LCC27 that provides a positive isolation of gas supply preventing the gas to flow unless a gastight seal or connection is formed between the valve and barbecue hose connector,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.
“It is important that consumers use gas cylinders with the new cylinder valve on new appliances”.
“Gas cylinders with the new cylinder valve can be used on both old and new gas appliances”.
“Do not use an adaptor to connect your gas cylinders to barbecues and other gas appliances ”
“These adaptors are not approved and are unsafe”.
Watch Gas Energy Australia’s video on how to connect the LCC27 valve to your BBQ.
Read more information from Building and Energy on Gas barbecue safety
Media contact: BEmedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au