Many campers will use gas appliances that do not undergo regular safety checks, like barbecues, stoves, lamps and heaters, so you need to be sensible about using them.
- LPG is heavier than air, so a gas leak can lead to a puddle of gas in the floor and this, in turn, to a real risk of explosion.
- Ideally always use equipment outside your tent.
- Both butane and propane are odourless, but the producers add a strong unpleasant smell to them so leaks will be noticed.
The most dangerous time with gas appliances is probably when you are changing the cartridge or cylinder;
- Make sure you are familiar with the way the cartridge or cylinder fits on the appliance or regulator;
- Ideally, never change the fuel container inside your tent;
- Do it outside and away from naked flames or a hot appliance. If you think the appliance, cylinder or cartridge may be leaking, particularly if liquid gas starts to spray out, then get everyone away from the appliance until the container is empty and the gas has dispersed naturally;
- Dispose of empty gas containers with care and in compliance with local site arrangements for the disposal of waste;
- Never throw them on a fire because any gas residue inside could lead to an explosion.