Camping safely with LPG
ESV’s principal role is to ensure the safe and efficient supply of energy to all Victorians. This includes providing the community with information and resources on the safe use of electricity and gas, including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
LPG is easily transported and a popular energy source for cooking, heating, water heating, refrigeration and lighting on boats, in caravans and campervans and when camping.
The cylinders used in campervans, caravans and for camping are typically smaller than those fixed outside the home and are generally 9 kg capacity or less. For some appliances the moderately high pressure inside the cylinder is controlled to a steady low level. Camping stoves and lamps, however, may be designed to operate directly on cylinder pressure, and some use disposable canisters.
Outdoor LPG-fuelled appliances present a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning if used in areas with insufficient ventilation, and should never be used inside.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer – it is an odourless, colourless gas and it can be fatal or cause serious and long term health conditions. Visit our campaign page Beware carbon monoxide for more information about the hazards and how to ensure your family is safe from CO poisoning.
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Gas cylinder safety
- Check all washers and O-rings on appliances and cylinders regularly
- Never interfere with or remove the valve on any LPG cylinder
- Do not turn the gas on until you are ready to light the appliance
- Close the cylinder valve when appliances are not in use
- Never use a flame to locate a leak – use soapy water,
- Always replace the dust cap on cylinders when not in use,
- Regulate the burner to your needs – flames should not go beyond the edge of the cooking utensil
- Dispose of disposable canisters safely at a waste centre – do not incinerate them. Contact your local council for disposal details.
Gas safety when camping
- Never use a gas appliance inside a tent or canvas-type annex
- Keep gas appliances well away from the outside of a tent or annex
- Check all connections to portable cookers, BBQs etc. before turning on the gas cylinder – test for leaks with soapy water – visit our Look before you cook campaign for more information about barbequing safely.
Gas safety in your caravan, campervan, or RV
- Only use heaters and cookers designed for indoor operation
- Ensure adequate ventilation – open doors and windows etc.
- Follow the health and safety instructions provided with your gas appliance, and operate only as intended by the manufacturer
- Turn off your appliance if you begin to suffer a headache or feel sick while using it and have the appliance checked by a licensed gasfitter,
- Use only gas heaters that have a proper flue installed
- Ensure heater flues and ventilation openings are not obstructed
- Never use a gas oven or cooker as a heater
- Check all connections to BBQs etc. before turning on the gas cylinder.
If you have any queries in relation to camping and LPG safety or our public awareness campaigns, please contact ESV on 03 9203 9700 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.