Gas (LPG) cylinders

LPG and bushfires

Potential dangers of gas equipment that may have been affected by bushfires or extreme heat.

  • LPG installations
  • storage tanks
  • household cylinders
  • portable camping cylinders

What to do with your LPG storage tank or cylinders before the threat of an approaching bushfire

  • Ensure that the area around the tank or cylinder is free from all flammable materials
  • Ensure that cylinders are in an upright position and secured on a firm level non-combustible base
  • Ensure that safety pressure relief valves of tanks and cylinders are directed away from the building and each other
  • Ensure that household or portable cylinders are not stored indoors, under buildings or stairwells
  • Ensure that all cylinders are stored away from potential ignition sources
  • Ensure that the tank or cylinder isolating valves accessible and can be easily turned off

What to do with your LPG storage tank or cylinder as a bushfire approaches

  • Turn off all gas appliances
  • Turn off cylinder or tank supply/isolating valve(s)
  • Don't forget BBQ, Caravan, Workshop cylinders
  • DO NOT disconnect or remove household cylinders from their upright position where they are on a firm level non-combustible base, ensure the cylinders are secured in place with the retention chain (if fitted)
  • DO NOT cover the cylinders with wet material to keep cool as it may dry out and become combustible
  • If the cylinders are exposed to heat, AND IF ONLY SAFE TO DO SO, hose them down with water to reduce the pressure building up inside the cylinder

What to do with your storage tank or cylinder after the threat of bushfire has passed

It is NOT safe to turn on storage tanks or cylinders. They should be checked by your Gas Supplier.

  • Any damage to tanks or cylinders, such as dents or gouges, will affect the cylinder's integrity
  • Damage to tanks or cylinders may not be visible or obvious
  • The storage tank or cylinder must be checked for damage by your gas supplier
  • If you have damaged tanks or cylinders contact your gas supplier

Gas systems and appliances after the threat of bushfire has passed

It is NOT safe to use the gas system and/or appliances. Get a licensed gas fitter to check.

The heat from the fire may have damaged gas pressure regulators, pipework or appliances, damage may not be visible or obvious.

Do not use the gas installation or appliances without first engaging a licensed gas fitter to check the integrity of the installation and appliances.

Storage and use of LPG at public events

This guideline applies to the minor storage and use of liquefied petroleum gas (LP Gas) at public events such as festivals, major sporting events, fetes and local markets. The intent of this guideline is to ensure an acceptable level of gas safety, and minimise the possibility of gas-related incidents. Where practicable, LP Gas should be stored and used in accordance with Section 2 of AS/NZS1596 The storage and handling of LP Gas – Minor Storage so that quantities are below levels that are unlikely to play a significant part in spreading a fire from place to place, so fire fighting facilities are expected to cope adequately. Where it is not practicable to keep LP Gas storage within the limits of minor storage, other relevant sections of AS/NZS1596 should be applied.

Event organisers of public events have a legal duty of care to provide a safe operational environment. Organisers and the users of LP Gas owe a concurrent duty of care, and should manage risks through a process of identifying, assessing and managing risks.

All gas storage and gas installations must comply with Gas Safety Regulations and relevant Standards.

Gas Standards and Safety (Building Standards and Occupational Licensing)