Don’t fill gas to the brim, NPA cautions

People queueing for gas at a stationThe National Petroleum Authority has cautioned that it is dangerous to fill Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders to the brim.

Noting that the practice was on the increase, it explained that “LPG by its nature, expands and so cylinders are supposed to be filled to about 80 to 85 per cent, leaving the rest of the percentage to take care of the expansion”.

Mr. Edward Odei, an official of the NPA, was speaking to various women groups brought together by the Western Regional Office of the Department of Gender.

Some of the women alleged that filling stations were willing to fill the 14.5kg cylinders, which cost GH¢55, to the brim at a cost of GH¢70.

Mr.  Odei said some of the main causes of accidents in the use of the LPG included poor installation, poor maintenance and the wrong fitting of the valve, among others.

He reminded the participants to always keep the cylinders in a vertical position with the valve on top, install the cylinder at ground level with the banner at a higher level than the cylinder, and ensure adequate ventilation at the floor and top levels.

The LPG users were also advised to check the rubber tubes regularly for cracks, and change them once in every two years, avoid exposing the cylinder to naked fires, sun, rain, dust and heat.

Mr Odei said the regulators should always be kept in off positions when the cylinders were not in use.

Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister, in a speech read on his behalf, said government was working at weaning the larger population off the use of firewood and charcoal, hence the effort to encourage the use of LPG.

 GNA

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