It´s getting cold out, so it might be time to get your gas replaced. Did you know though that there are rules for carrying gas canisters in your car?

Firstly, the safest option is to have the canisters delivered to your door. You most likely already have a supply contract with one of the major suppliers, if not a visit to one of their offices can fix that. You should also remember to only allow authorised gas inspectors into your home.

If you do want to collect the canisters yourself, you can get them from a lot of fuel stations but remember that they are potentially explosive.

Depending on their size and weight, the canisters can be very heavy as they are filled with pressurised gas. At home, care should be taken as to where they are stored, in well ventilated places, away from heat and ignition sources, far away from toxic materials and always in an upright position.

In the car, it is equally crucial to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of other road users.

Spanish law states that you can carry 2 gas bottles in the car, and they must be carried in an upright, vertical position. You must also take necessary measure to ensure that the canisters are secured in the vehicle and cannot move during the journey.

The law also states that when you are carrying gas canisters, it is forbidden to park the vehicle in an underground car park.

You should also check with your local supply company for their recommendations for storage and carriage, as gas canisters can pose a major threat if not handled correctly but are perfectly safe if the advice is followed.

We sometimes see gas canisters carried on mopeds or motorbikes, this is not permitted as the stability of the vehicle will be seriously affected, and therefore, under the terms dictated by the law, they will not be considered safe.