Replace worn-out cylinder hoses and rubber seals regularly. This is the latest advice from The National Petroleum Authority (NPA). This advice is to ensure that users of LPG, their homes, family and stakeholders are safe and also practising safety measures outlined by the outfit.
The NPA further called on the public to constantly check the cylinder rubber seals (washers) in the valves and the connecting hoses to see if they are worn out or damaged to prevent fire and accidents associated with the use of LPG.
While the hose is used as the distribution line between the gas cylinder and the cooker, the washers ensure that, there are no leakages. Currently, washers are sold at gas filling stations between GHS2.00 and Ghs4.00.
Mrs Eunice Budu Nyarko who is the Consumer Services Manager of NPA called on all and sundry to ensure that they change or repair damaged hoses and rubber seals through professional trained service providers. She called on Ghanaians not to take their cylinders to sellers, but instead to the nearest LPG dealers for a safety check and replacement of the worn-out hoses and seals.
She made the call while speaking at the LPG awareness and sensitization campaign durbars in the Upper West, Savannah, Bono East, Bono and Ahafo regions.
“Additionally, hoses should be secured with proper hose clips”.
She made the call at LPG awareness and sensitization campaign durbars in the Upper West, Savannah, Bono East, Bono and Ahafo regions.
The NPA team from the Corporate Affairs and Gas Directorates conducted the sensitization campaign through one-on-one engagements with traders, market women, drivers, durbars and radio interviews.
Gas users were also entreated to keep liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders outside the kitchen to prevent explosion and resultant injury, death and property damage and should be placed on wooden platforms with roofs to prevent the cylinder foot ring from getting rusted or damaged from direct sunlight, rain and tampering.
On his part, the NPA Communications Manager, Mr Mohammed Abdul-Kudus, who welcomed the people on behalf of the NPA Chief Executive, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, noted that in Europe and America, the people used gas for all their domestic activities, but barely recorded accidents.
He urged the public to observe the LPG safety requirements, so as not to experience any accidents, and stressed that LPG was the most convenient, safe and fast fuel for cooking.
He said medical experts had indicated that heat and smoke from charcoal and firewood posed long-term health complications, such as respiratory conditions and therefore, urged the people to switch from wood fuel to LPG to avoid the health challenges associated with the use of charcoal and firewood.
In his presentation in Sunyani, the NPA Bono Regional Manager, Mr Kwadwo Odarno Appiah, cautioned motorists to switch off the engines of their vehicles when buying fuel.