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SON reiterates safe use of gas cylinders to check hazards


The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has reiterated its warning to consumers on the safe use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other cylinders in view of recent explosions around the country involving the product.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), had in its preliminary investigation, attributed the cause of the Kaduna gas explosion to illegal decanting (transfer) of LPG into another cylinder by operators of the facility.

According to SON Director-General, Osita Aboloma, Nigerian consumers should patronise only SON-certified LPG and other cylinders with necessary markings, to safeguard their homes, offices and surroundings from avoidable fire incidents from substandard cylinders.

Aboloma, represented by Group Head, LPG, Nwaoma Olujie, warned importers of cylinders to adhere strictly to the SON procedures for importation of the product, which according to him, is classified as life-endangering.

He reiterated the need for consumers to look out for necessary embossed markings on all imported LPG cylinders as specified in the Nigeria Industrial Standard NIS 69:2013, such as; manufacturer’s brand name, country of origin, test pressure, tare weight, and SON Product registration number with prefix FA and year of manufacture.
Aboloma advised cylinder users to also look out for SON Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Logo, and number on certified, locally manufactured cylinders in addition to the markings specified for the imported products.
According to him, the specified life span of LPG cylinders in Nigeria is 15 years during which the cylinders must be re-qualified twice, after every five years.
He disclosed that SON has put in place a rigorous procedure for the certification of imported and locally manufactured LPG cylinders for use in Nigeria to guarantee the safety and durability of the product.
The SON DG admonished consumers of cylinders to ensure proper handling of the product in transit as well as during use, while also adhering to necessary safety precautions. 
Aboloma warned all LPG dispensing plants to ensure due certification of their vessels as provided by the SON Act, stressing that SON officers in the 42 state offices across the nation have been directed to inspect all LPG plants to ensure the certification or re-certification of all installed vessels as the case may be. The full weight of the law, he said, shall be brought to bear on any plant and owner who failed to comply with this mandatory requirement of the SON Act.

Aboloma commiserated with the families of the victims of the Kaduna gas explosion, condemning the incident as avoidable if all necessary precautions were adhered to by the gas dealers.

Commenting on the gas explosion while receiving the SON delegation comprising the Acting Director Operations, Dauda Yakubu,, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, expressed appreciation to SON on the condolence.
He assured of the Kaduna State Government’s preparedness to partner with SON and other stakeholders for the benefit of the people.
Aruwan reiterated the Government’s directive to shut down all gas retailing outlets in residential and high risk areas in the State, adding that a Committee has been set up to identify areas to relocate them to for safety of lives and properties.

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