DAGUPAN CITY, August 13 (PIA) – To ensure safety and prevent the occurrence of fire at home or in the workplace, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has shared some safety tips on using liquefied petroleum gas or LPG.
Peter Mangabat, provincial director of DTI-Pangasinan, said the public is encouraged to always remember the do’s and don’ts in using LPG.
“Gas contained in LPG rapidly evaporates and mixes with the air when released and can easily create fire upon contact with sparks, open flame, or other ignition sources such as plugs and switches,” Mangabat informed.
Thus, Mangabat advised all LPG users and retailers to be vigilant and to know the basic facts on LPG and use only DTI-certified LPG cylinders.
He said LPG users and retailers should first check if the required marking such as brand name, name of the owner and address, tare weight, affixed Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks, date tested and serial marker specific standards or test used are embossed in the cylinder or tank when purchasing LPG gas.
“When buying LPG, the user should not accept the cylinder that is unclean, defective, with unreadable markings and unbranded,” Mangabat said.
Second, the LPG user or retailer should always ensure that the LPG that they are using is always in good condition, without dents and not rusty.
Third, LPG cylinders should always be handled in an upright position and be placed in a space with proper ventilation.
Fourth, the user should regularly check the condition of the LPG cylinder, regulator and hose for possible leaks. When checking, Mangabat reminded the users not to use any flammable materials like lighted candle or open flame.
Lastly, he said that if the LPG is not functioning properly, the user should not try to repair the unfamiliar system by himself instead call an experience LPG serviceman to repair the LPG system.
Meanwhile, Mangabat advised the public to visit the DTI-Pangasinan Provincial Office located at the 2nd floor of Star Building, Arellano Street in Dagupan City or call at telephone numbers (075)-551-3183 or 529-6177 for additional information and inquiries in relation to the safety features of LPG tanks. (JNPD/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)