The Department of Energy warned Negrenses of the risks of using butane canisters refilled with liquefied petroleum gas, a government press release said.
In a Kapihan sa PIA forum, science research specialist Evander Diola of DOE said the disposable butane canisters are used on a one-time basis only, and must not be refilled with LPG, which has a higher pressure than butane, and may cause accidents or explosion while in use.
Based on existing Philippine National Standards for gas containers, only “welded steel cylinders” are designed for storage, transport, and distribution of LPG for domestic consumption, the press release said.
Diola stressed that butane canisters are not designed to be refilled with LPG which has higher chances of leaking and exploding.
LPG cylinders are safe because the quality standard is mandated; however, some people use butane gas for cooking as it is cheaper, Diola added.
Diola reminded consumers that, in buying LPG cylinders, they should check the condition of the tank and its weight.
“Be sure that the cylinders are in good condition because there are some that are rusty, and they can be dangerous at times. When looking for this, make sure to look for retail outlets with DOE Standard Compliance Certificates," Diola said.
Consumers should know the authenticity of an LPG to make it safe, which is why they should make sure to buy cylinders that have branded names, logo, and where the net weight is indicated, he added.*
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