x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Safety campaign on gas cylinders

Campaign will include public safety announcements on Sama Dubai television station.

DUBAI // A safety campaign will warn residents of the dangers of improperly using and storing gas cylinders.

The campaign, launched by the municipality, Dubai Civil Defence and Emirates Gas (Emgas), is called "Check your Cylinder, Ensure your Safety".

It includes television spots that will run until the end of this month and messages on radio stations and news programmes.

Officials said the initiative could save lives.

"This is an issue of serious concern, especially when harsh weather conditions meet with low maintenance of cooking facilities," said Redha Hassan Salman, the director of public health and safety at the municipality.

Liquid petroleum (LP) gas cylinders are widely used in homes and commercial establishments. And the highly flammable product expands when exposed to high temperatures, making it even more dangerous in summer.

The campaign stresses residents must regularly check storage, the pipeline regulator, the gas bottle and any possible damage. Identifying leaks and emergency steps are also highlighted.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, the director general of the municipality, said raising awareness was critical during Ramadan when kitchens were heavily used.

"Everyone should comply with safety procedures when dealing with gas cylinders," Mr Lootah said. "Any small incident can have serious consequences."

The second phase of the campaign, which will be launched later this year, will include brochures at petrol stations.

"Although the number of violations are more than accidents, this campaign will reach people's homes as a strong reminder of safety precautions," said Mr Salman.

He said the most common safety violations inspectors have uncovered included poorly maintained, old or forgotten pipe connections, storing tanks in direct sunlight and connections that could be damaged by rodents.

Representatives from the municipality, Civil Defence and Emgas plan to visit about 5,000 homes each.

"While we at Emgas use valves and regulators with built-in safety features, we believe this campaign is equally important in educating households and establishments using LP gas cylinders for cooking," said Saeed Abdullah Khoory, the chief executive of Emirates National Oil Company, the parent of Emgas.

Public awareness programmes will also be organised in customer service centres at the municipality, the Roads and Transport Authority, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and at various shops.

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