- December 7, 2021
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IGP Issues stringent guidelines on use of liquefied petroleum gas
The Inspector-General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola has instructed the Director of Fire and Rescue Services to liaise with the Ministry of Energy to widely disseminate information on safety precautions regarding the use of liquefied petroleum gas.
According to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga the IGP wants the two agencies to jointly enforce safety regulations, by ensuring all gas dealers and operators, have licenses, good ventilation, and the capability to operate in a safe environment.
According to Enanga, all gas users in homes and businesses should know how to maintain their gas by doing the following;
1. Ensure gas cylinders are kept away from ignition sources and other flammable materials. Always keep the cylinder away from ignition forces.
2. The cylinder must be kept in an upright position, and in well-ventilated areas to help prevent concentration in case leakage occurs or if left on.
3. Do not turn on the electrical appliances, use a mobile phone or lighter, if you smell gas.
4. Gas cylinder of 10 kg and above should be placed outside the kitchen, with periodic checks for leakage.
5. Kitchen windows and doors should be left open for some time before the gas is ignited.
6. When checking the level of gas in the cylinders, it is dangerous to shake it. One is instead advised to bring the cylinder out and pour water on it. When the water dries up, it’s the level of the gas in the cylinder.
7. Those who can afford a fore blanket or wet towel and cloth, should use them to cover the store or cooker to remove oxygen and prevent more fire.
The IGP’s concern comes a week after a gas explosion claimed the lives of 2 people and left 5 others critically injured.