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NPA Issues Warning: Keeping Gas Cylinders Indoors Poses Extreme Danger

Caution: Keeping Gas Cylinders Indoors Poses Serious Risks, Public Warned

The public has been alerted to the extremely hazardous nature of storing gas cylinders indoors. Due to the invisibility of leaked gas, it is crucial to keep cylinders outside to prevent fire outbreaks.

Kwami Sefa Kayi, a member of the NPA Governing Board and Chairman of the Consumer Services sub-committee, emphasized this during an LPG awareness and sensitization lecture at Takoradi Technical University. He acknowledged that some individuals hesitated to store their cylinders outside due to fears of theft but urged them to prioritize safety over such concerns.

As a veteran broadcaster, Mr. Sefa Kayi assured the public that the NPA would make every effort to maintain a competitive and consumer-friendly price for LPG.

The lecture, organized by the Corporate Affairs and Gas Directorates of the NPA, centered on the theme “Safe Use of LPG Protects Lives and Property.” It involved engaging traders one-on-one and delivering lectures at educational institutions in the Western and Central regions.

Institutions such as the Sekondi Nursing and Midwifery Training College and the Cape Coast Nursing and Midwifery Training College were also visited as part of the sensitization exercise on the safe use of LPG and the general operations of the NPA.

Regarding complaint procedures, Mrs. Eunice Budu Nyarko, the Consumer Services Manager, encouraged the public to promptly report any fuel stations suspected of cheating to the Authority. She explained that prompt investigations are conducted within 48 hours of receiving the complaint to gather evidence before taking appropriate action.

While reporting beyond 48 hours is still possible, Mrs. Budu Nyarko highlighted the importance of timely reporting to prevent the loss of crucial evidence. She emphasized that the NPA is committed to protecting the interests of stakeholders, consumers, and petroleum service providers.

During his presentation, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Mr. David Essuman cautioned against placing stones or heavy objects on gas cylinder valves to prevent leakage, as this does not effectively stop the leakage. Instead, he advised replacing faulty valves as the best course of action.

Mr. Mohammed Abdul-Kudus, the Communications Manager of the NPA, welcomed the lecturers and students on behalf of the Chief Executive, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid. He noted that Europeans and Americans predominantly rely on gas for domestic activities but experience relatively fewer fire incidents. He emphasized that adhering to safety guidelines could help reduce gas-related fire outbreaks in Ghana.

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