LP Gas Cylinder Sizes and Safety in South Africa


LP gas, also known as liquefied petroleum gas, is a popular fuel source in South Africa. It is stored in portable cylinders, and the size of the cylinder determines how much gas it can hold. In South Africa, the most common cylinder sizes are:

  • 5kg: used for small appliances such as camping stoves and portable heaters
  • 9kg: used for appliances such as portable gas heaters and gas stoves
  • 19kg: the most common size and suitable for appliances such as gas stoves, gas heaters and some smaller water heaters
  • 48kg: used mainly for commercial applications, households with a gas fireplace or multiple gas-powered appliances

In addition, a 14kg LP gas cylinder is commonly used for forklifts in South Africa.

It's important to handle and store LP gas cylinders safely to avoid accidents. Some safety measures to follow include:

  • Storing LP gas cylinders in an upright position and securing them to prevent them from falling over
  • Keeping LP gas cylinders away from heat sources, open flames, and ignition sources
  • Using a regulator when connecting an LP gas cylinder to an appliance
  • Never store LP gas cylinders inside a building or enclosed space
  • Only using LP gas cylinders that are approved for use in South Africa and bear the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mark
  • Following the manufacturer's instructions for using and maintaining LP gas appliances and cylinders

In case of a gas leak, immediately evacuate the area and call the fire department. Do not attempt to fix the leak yourself or use any open flames or electrical switches, as these could ignite the gas and cause an explosion. By following these safety measures, you can ensure the safe and efficient use of LP gas cylinders in your home or business.

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