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UKLPG and NCASS Highlight the Safe Use of LPG for Growing UK Catering Market

As the UKís £1.3bn outdoor catering sector gears up for the peak summer season, the trade association for the LP Gas industry, UKLPG, along with the Nationwide Caterersí Association (NCASS), is urging operators to ensure they heed safety advice when storing, transporting, handling and using LP Gas cylinders.

According to NCASS there are currently just under 10,000 outdoor catering operators in the UK, running 13,000 outlets, consuming up to 700,000 cylinders of LP Gas a year. In addition to festivals, sporting events and fetes, the street food sector is growing rapidly throughout the country and is using LPG widely. The two associations have come together to ensure that in this growing marketplace, businesses have the best advice to ensure they are savvy about safety when it comes to using LP Gas.

Bob Fox, managing director of NCASS, added: “Every day throughout the country, large numbers of appliances using liquefied petroleum gas from cylinders are in operation. It is vital for both caterers and the public that these installations are operated safely and within the relevant regulations. Because of its growing popularity, we are developing detailed guidance for the industry with the support of UKLPG which we hope to launch later this year”.

Lisa Thomson, director of communications and external affairs at UKLPG, said: “LP Gas is extremely versatile and portable and has been at the heart of outdoor catering for decades. As more and more people turn to it as the preferred cooking option, we are keen to reinforce some basic safety messages to ensure that it is used safely at all times.”

For example: “The dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are not at the forefront of people’s minds when using combustible products outside, but CO can be a potential danger if equipment isused in an unventilated space. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which can be formed by burning any carbon basedfuel if the appliance is not properly installed, maintained or used in a ventilated area,” Thomson added.

Cylinders are the principle piece of kit used in outdoor catering and when using, people should follow these guidelines:

  • Do lift carefully or use a trolley.
  • A full cylinder will weigh about twice the contents weight shown on it
  • Do transport, store and use cylinders with their valve uppermost
  • Do use cylinders in accordance with the supplier’s instructions
  • Don’t use propane cylinders indoors Don’t subject cylinders to heat
  • Do treat cylinders with care to ensure they don’t get damaged
  • Don’t obstruct access to cylinders
  • Do return empty gas cylinders to its owners nearest stockist, or when you no longer require it
  • Do restrain large cylinders to stop them falling over where people pass by them

If you have any doubts or questions, put safety first and contact your gas supplier

For more information view UKLPG's downloadable guide to Using Cylinders Safely or NCASS Website.