Boat safety

LPG is a great source of heat and is ideal for portable cooking on boats but must be used properly to ensure it poses no risk of fire or CO poisoning.

Anyone using portable gas appliances on board a boat must be completely familiar with the correct and safe way of operating the LPG appliance:

  • Use LPG stoves, lights or heaters outdoors ONLY. 
  • Don't use LPG appliances near flammable materials. 
  • Be familiar with the operating instructions before use. 
  • Before fitting a LPG canister, put out all open flames and smoking materials. 
  • Ensure that you have the correct type of LPG canister for your appliance and that it is being inserted in the right place and in the right way. 
  • Stow the canisters, used or unused and any appliance if it has a canister inserted, in a self-draining gas locker, or on open deck where any escaping gas can flow overboard. 
  • Before you start, check the appliance's condition, if the LPG canister seal looks damaged, or if the appliances or LPG canister is extremely rusty and deteriorated, do not use it. 
  • To avoid gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning check that all equipment has been correctly assembled before turning it on. 
  • Never attempt to fit a new LPG canister to an appliance when aboard, wait until you are onshore. 
  • If you smell or hear gas leaking before attempting to light an appliance, don't use it. 
  • If any gas is leaking, ensure that it is being dispersed in free air well away from the boat or any sparks or other sources of ignition. 

Inland waterway regulations do not ban portable LPG equipment on boats, but when not in operation, any appliance with a LPG canister fitted and all spare LPG canisters, empty or full, must be stowed in lockers that are self-draining, or on open deck areas where any leaking LPG will flow overboard. The risk of causing a pool of explosive vapour inside the boat must be avoided.

For more information on the safe use of LPG cylinders please see UKLPG User Information Sheet 028

The trade association for the LPG industry in the UK