Issue 25 – March 2011
New limits on how much LPG can be stored in homes have been set by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA).
'LPG is a highly flammable gas that burns explosively in the event of a leak and ignition,' says Dr Simon Buckland, ERMA New Zealand Hazardous Substances Compliance Manager. 'Imposing limits on the quantities stored indoors will reduce the risk to people and property should the gas accidentally ignite.'
The rules limit the amount of LPG that can be stored in a detached house and an attached house up to three storeys to 2 x 10 kilogram cylinders.Apartments and houses over three storeys must hold no more than 10 kg per dwelling.
The new limits clarify the existing rules on LPG indoors, and apply regardless of whether the LPG is being used or stored. They come into effect on 2 March 2011.
The most common type of cylinder used at home holds 9 kg of LPG, and is typically used on appliances such as space heaters, patio heaters, and barbecues.
New limits have also been set for factories and warehouses as well as public buildings, such as halls, places of worship, hotels, bars, restaurants, shops, and offices.
To find out more about these limits, go to ERMA website page 'Requirements for indoor LPG cylinders' (http://www.ermanz.govt.nz/hazardous-substances/using-storing/common-substances/lpg/Pages/Limits-for-using-and-storing-LPG-indoors.aspx). For more information, visit the ERMA website (www.ermanz.govt.nz), or call the ERMA New Zealand info line on 0800 376 234.
Summarised from an ERMA media release, 21 February 2011.