New Delhi, India: LPG gas (liquid petroleum gas) is the most popular cooking gas in India. The LPG cooking gas is a mixture of n-butane and isobutane, which not only cooks delicious food in your mother’s kitchen, but it is also a living bomb available in the homes of most Indians. Therefore, for safety measures, it is mandatory for every LPG cylinder holder to check LPG gas cylinder expiry date before taking the cylinder delivery.
Do you know that every LPG cylinder has an expiry date, which shows how safe it is? Yes, It is true! You can check the expiry date of LPG cylinder in India.
The LPG cylinder you use at your home has an expiry date printed on it as an alphanumeric code.
The Deputy Manager of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Shri SK Jain says, the alphabet and number indicate the expiry date and year of the LPG gas cylinder.
Currently, around 80% of Indian households use LPG to serve their kitchen with love. The price of LPG gas cylinders are getting very high day by day, and there may be potential for misuse of cylinders to meet the increasing demand.
Each LPG cylinder has a statuary due date for statutory testing in which the cylinder goes under a quality test for its defects, metal quality, and gas leakage.
Alternatively, users can also contact their gas agency or gas distributor to check the expiration date of the LPG gas cylinder.
Understand the Code Pattern to Check LPG Gas Cylinder Expiry Date
Now, whenever a gas cylinder reaches to you, do not pay the bill immediately to the delivery man without checking the expiry date, the weight of the gas cylinder, and the total amount charged.
So let’s understand how to decode the expiry date code of a gas cylinder.
You can find the expiration date from one of the three iron plates at the top of the cylinder, which looks like a D-13 or D.13.
See the image above printed with the D-13 code. This indicates the expiry date of the above LPG cylinder (October 2013).
Code Decode to Check Expiry Date of LPG Gas Cylinders
Well, there are 4 alphabets available which indicate the months – A, B, C, and D. It refers to the quarter series of months of the year.
“A” means the first three months – “January, February, and March” (first quarter).
Similarly, “B” means “April, May, and June” (second quarter). “C” means “July, August, and September” (third quarter). The final, “D”, means “October, November, and December” (fourth quarter).
And, any number that is available after an alphabet like D-13, meaning “13” refers to 2013.
If your cylinder has “D-20”, it means that the last expiry date of your gas cylinder is October 2020.
Any member of your family can easily decode this code to know the expiry date of the LPG cylinder.
Never consider using an expired gas cylinder for cooking at your home, it can be risky and it may cause a hazardous accident from gas cylinder leaking and bursting problems.
So what are you waiting for now? Get up and check your gas cylinder expiry date. If you see the information useful and feel that everyone should know about it, then you should consider sharing it on your social profiles for social awareness.