DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 10 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan reminded the public anew on the proper handling of liquefied petroleum gas or LPG to ensure safety and prevent the occurrence of fire accidents at home.
Natalia Dalaten, officer-in-charge provincial director of DTI-Pangasinan, said the public should always be safety conscious and be properly guided when buying, installing, and maintaining LPG cylinders at home especially that some of the reported causes of fire and accidents are due to improper LPG maintenance.
"Safety is everyone's concern," stressed Dalaten, as she reminded the consumers to be familiar with the basic safety guidelines when using LPG.
She said, when buying LPG cylinders, consumers should buy only to authorize dealers and must look for the genuine Philippine Standard (PS) mark which is engraved on the collar of the cylinder.
"Other import markings embossed on the cylinder are the LPG brand or trade name, date of testing, net contents in kilogram or tare weight, design pressure and serial number," she said, adding that consumers should always check if the LPG cylinders have dents, gauges and corrosion.
On usage and maintenance, Dalaten said the consumer should remember the following: place LPG cylinders in ventilated areas and not in enclosed kitchen cabinets; keep the LPG away from electric points or other source of ignition; use only LPG-resistant rubber hoses; regularly check for wear, cracks and leaks by applying soap from a sponge on the entire hose; don't use a match, candle or any open light when checking for leaks; and replace rubber hose every two years.
She said, in the event of gas smells in the kitchen, consumer should not switch on or off or connect or disconnect electrical bulbs near the cylinders, instead, turn off the LPG regulator and open doors and windows to improve ventilation.
Dalaten said when the LPG is not in use, always remember to turn off the stove burner and LPG regulator and do not invert the LPG cylinder or horizontally place the LPG cylinder on the floor.
She said in an event of LPG leak, do not panic and immediately turn off the LPG regulator and open all windows and doors.
Turn off any electrical switches and go out of your house for 10 to 15 minutes or until the gas has been diluted by the air.
Likewise, Dalaten warned those engage in selling, offering, distributing and refilling LPG to strictly comply with the Standards Law or Republic Act 4109 and Department Administrative Order No. 2:2007 to avoid violation charges such as administrative fine of P17, 500 up to P300, 000.
She also 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 safety features of LPG tanks. (AMB/EMBS/PIA Pangasinan)