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Expert Advises Public to be Vigilant When Buying Gas Cylinders

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Gas cylinders have become a ubiquitous commodity in Ghanaian households, but it has become increasingly difficult to differentiate between brand new cylinders and those that have been repainted to appear new. The CEO of Solution Solve, a consulting firm, has warned the public to be vigilant when buying gas cylinders, as some of the cylinders sold as new are, in fact, used ones that have been repainted.

According to Mr. Samuel Otu Larbi, the valve of the cylinder is the best way to determine whether the cylinder is new or not, although some unscrupulous sellers might change the old valve before selling them. While the newness of the valve is not a guarantee that the cylinder is new, it does extend the life of the cylinder and helps to avoid gas leakage.

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It is important to check the bottommost part of the cylinder, as it is usually not painted, and can provide vital information on the cylinder’s newness. Additionally, it is risky to fill cylinders to the brim, as that can lead to fire hazards. Leakage can also be checked by washing the cylinder with soapy water to detect any leaky areas. Bubbles that form indicate that the part is leaking, and this could pose a danger to the users.

Mr. Otu Larbi called for the establishment of a regulatory authority to inspect and approve cylinders before they are sold on the market. This would ensure that only cylinders that meet safety standards are sold to the public. He further cautioned against shaking the cylinder to determine how much gas it contains, as this could be dangerous.

For the most part, gas cylinders are a vital component of many households in Ghana, and their use has contributed to making cooking more convenient and efficient. However, it is essential to take precautions when buying and using them to ensure the safety of all concerned. By being vigilant when purchasing cylinders and adhering to safety guidelines, we can minimize the risks associated with their use.

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