LPG Gas Bottle Location Regulations
LPG Gas Bottle Location Regulations - Installation Guidelines
1. Gas bottles must be placed safely away from ignition sources — primarily electrical devices and flames — in the event of a leak.
2. Gas bottles cannot be placed close to wall openings, including windows, doors and vents, to preclude possible entry and collection of gas in enclosed spaces.
3. Gas bottles must be a safe distance from openings to below ground spaces, for instance drains and pits, to prevent any possible build up of the heavier than air LPG.
4. Gas bottles must be placed in well ventilated locations, avoiding alcoves and enclosures, to prevent possible accumulations of gas.
5. Gas bottles must be placed on a solid base that is not subject to the accumulation of water.
6. Line of sight must be maintained for in situ tanker deliveries.
Please read more for additional information and the required safe distances for placement…
What are LPG Gas Bottle Installation Regulations?
LPG gas bottle installation regulations specify location and clearances in the placement of gas bottles.
Distances from ignition sources, wall openings and below ground spaces, such as drains or pits, are all specified.
Gas bottles must be placed in well ventilated locations and on a solid base.
Why You Need to Know
Wall Openings and Drains
Line-of-Sight to Tanker
Tanker Hose Length for Tanker Filled Installations
It is important to remember that the installation needs to be within the reach of the tankers' hoses, if the cylinders or tanks are to be filled on-site by a tanker..
For example, most tankers have two hose reels.
The low flow hose, for cylinders, can be 40M to 60M.
The high flow hoses, for bulk tanks ('bullets') range from 15M to 40M in length.
Check with your local gas supplier, as they can advise what is available in your area.
So, it depends on the customer installation type.
For example, residential installations typically have a hose length of 60M, as they are filled with low flow hoses.
Please note that this is a fully stretched straight line measurement.
You should design the installation to be less in distance, for practical access.
NBN (Internet) Connection Boxes
Exclusion Zones for Exchange & Tanker Filling
Distance From Appliances
Well Ventilated Area
Solid Base for Support
Gas Bottle Changeover Valves
What is a Gas Compliance Certificate, Plate or Badge?
- A gas compliance certificate is documentation that the gas installation complies with the standards and regulations issued by the governing body.
- It is issued by the gas fitter who performed the installation.
- The gas fitter is typically liable to correct any installation related defects.
- It may vary in form and can be a certificate, plate or badge.
- It let's gas suppliers know that the installation is safe to supply.
Gas Fitters Provide the Certificates
What Do They Mean?
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No Gas Without One
Compliance certificates are also necessary for obtaining your gas supply, as gas providers cannot supply an uncertified installation.
The certificate needs to be available before the gas is connected for the first time.
In most States, the gas fitter will give you a copy to pass on to your gas supplier.
Compliance Requirements Vary by State
• Queensland - Certificate of Compliance
• NSW - Compliance Plate attached near the installation or a Certificate of Inspection/Compliance
• ACT - Compliance Plate attached near the installation
• Victoria - Certificate of Compliance
• South Australia - Certificate of Compliance
• Tasmania - LP Gas Storage Notice (Start Work Notice)
• Western Australia - Notice of Completion (NOC) and Compliance Badge
• Northern Territory - Compliance Plate attached near the installation
Use Licensed Gas Fitters
Licensed Gas Fitters Required in All States
All states and territories require the use of a licensed gas fitter for all gas related work, including both LPG and natural gas.
Do not attempt to do gas work yourself or to use a tradesperson who does not have specialist gas training and a specific gas fitter license.
Unlicensed gas work is illegal and potentially dangerous.
Your manufacturer’s warranty and insurance cover may also be void if gas work is performed by an unlicensed person.
Licensed gas fitters have a gas fitter number, issued by their State regulatory authority, authorising them to carry out gas fitting work.
Some States have different endorsements for different types of gas fitting work, such as gas appliance conversions.
Ask to see the gas fitter’s license to confirm that the tradesperson is entitled to do the specific type of gas work you require.
Gas Fitters vs Plumbers
Many gas fitters are also plumbers but not all plumbers are gas fitters.
If you require work to be done on a gas hot water system, make sure you get a tradesperson who is licensed for both the gas fitting and plumbing trades.
Also, you may need to ask the gas fitter if he does the specific kind of gas installation that you need, such as a gas fireplace.
Not all gas fitters are experienced at installing all types of gas appliances, so you should not hesitate to ask.
Compliance Certificates, Badges and Plates
Depending upon which State or Territory you live in, you will receive Notice of Compliance Certificate or a Compliance Badge/Plate will be affixed to the installation.
In it the gas fitter declares that the installation complies with all of the Australian Standards and statutory requirements.
If an installation is faulty, this also requires the gas fitter to come back and correct the defect.
Typical Gas Fitting Tasks
Gas fitters do many different types of gas fitting tasks including:
• Gas bottle installation including regulators, changeover valves, pigtails and gas lines
• Installation and repairs of gas flue pipes.
• Installation of gas meters, valves and associated pipe work.
• Adjusting of gas pressure
• Installation of gas detection systems
• Leak testing and repairs
How to Find a Qualified Gas Fitter
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Bosch maintains a factory training centre, as well as supporting TAFE gas fitter programmes.
Their gas fitters-plumbers know all about Bosch LPG gas hot water systems and can install your LPG gas bottles, too.
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The information in this article is derived from various sources and is believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the information may not be error free and may not be applicable in all circumstances.