DPR SENSITISES GAS PLANTS, FILLING STATIONS ON SAFETY MEASURES IN BAUCHI
The Bauchi office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has commenced a one-week sensitisation tour of filling stations and existing Liquefied Petroleum Gas plants (LPGs) on stringent compliance with safety measures during the harmattan season.
The operation controller of the department, Mallam Abdullahi Iliyasu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi yesterday.
He said the exercise would educate operators of filling stations, gas plants and the general public on the need for strict obedience to safety measures in their stations.
Iliyasu noted that fire outbreaks were mostly recorded during the harmattan due to the strong wind and constant use of inflammable substances like petrol, gas and charcoal, adding that DPR would expose them to simple preventive safety measures.
He explained that the department would beam its searchlight on existence of safety equipment across filling stations, especially fire extinguishers, sand buckets and other necessary requirements, emphasizing that culpable stations would punished.
He said operators of cooking Gas plants were not expected to expose gas cylinders to sunlight or any heat source, and should always observe the safety standard as specified by the department.
Iliyasu urged consumers who use LPG to always check the expiry date of a gas cylinder before purchase, and should also buy gas from certified gas plants and follow safety rules while refilling their cylinders.
He added that users of cooking gas were expected to always check leakages on their cylinders and take immediate remedial measures against the possibility of unnecessary explosion, which could be dangerous to life and property.
"We call on the general public to report to us any unsafe practices at any cooking gas plants for action," he opined.