Safety tips on what to do with your LPG gas cylinders in the event of a bushfire. You can also view a short video on LPG bushfire safety.
LPG bushfire safety

LPG Bushfire Safety

 Also see Bushfires and BBQ Gas Bottles

LPG bushfire safety tipsWhat to do with an LPG Gas cylinder before evacuating:

  • Turn it off (in clockwise direction) at valve on top of the bottle

  • Leave the bottle or cylinder where it has been installed

  • Leave the bottle or cylinder in an upright position

  • Ensure it is secured to a solid structure and on a solid base to prevent it falling over, with the pressure relief valve vent facing away from building.  The vent is the protrusion, usually with a dust cover, that is opposite of where the gas line screws into the valve. 

  • Remove LPG Gas bottles/cylinders attached to a wooden framed BBQ

  • Move your BBQ cylinder away from you home and other combustible materials.  Be sure to keep upright. 

  • Remove any combustible materials surrounding the gas bottles

  • Make sure there are no bottles or cylinders stored indoors or underneath the property, including BBQ cylinders (4kg and 9kg).

If exposed to heat, and if safe to do so, hose down the cylinders with water to reduce the heat and pressure.

LPG Gas bottles/cylinders always should be secured in an upright position. They are designed to vent gas if they become over-pressurised or when heated.

What NOT to do with an LPG Gas cylinder before evacuating:

  • Never place it inside a house or structure during a fire, as it can present a hazard to firefighters

  • Never lay it on its side

  • Never cover it with wet material to it keep cool – these materials may dry out and burn, heating the bottle/cylinder

Please view our LPG Bushfire Safety Video

Post-Fire Actions for LPG Installations

These actions have been developed to assist with the safety of LPG installations that have been damaged or potentially damaged by fire, and for the safe return to service of this equipment.

Even if LPG vessels appear to be undamaged, there may be damage to components that is not apparent but can affect safe operation or cause leaks.

If in doubt call your local ELGAS on 131 161.

When you return home:

• Ensure all supply valves and appliances are turned off if safe to do so

• Do not attempt to start any LPG appliance, or turn supply back on, until the installation is checked by a gasfitter.

• If your cylinders are heat or fire damaged ELGAS will replace them without cost

• If cylinders have fallen or are upturned, do not attempt to move them, and contact ELGAS on 131 161

• If you can hear or smell LPG:

  • Turn cylinders off if safe to do so
  • Call ELGAS on 131 161 or a licensed gas fitter
  • Stay well clear of the installation keep any sources of ignition away.

NOTE: Always follow the directions of Fire Authorities who are in control while the fire event continues.

ELGAS will be able to act and assist only on the direction of Fire Authorities.