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How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by divinehand2003(m): 2:21am On Jul 19, 2016
It’s 9.45pm and I’m not doing much. In fact, I’m almost ready to go to bed. The generator has been turned off to conserve whatever precious petrol is left, as it wasn’t easy to come by this time. Somehow, the shaky voice of David over the phone manages to annihilate whatever plans I have for an early night. I know something terrible has happened.

“Why?” I manage to ask, doing a quick survey of all my friends and family, and who I haven’t spoken to recently.

“It’s Bode. Gas explosion. He’s at LUTH. See you soon bro” Me, Bro? I know this must be serious but I’m relieved, because I also know he’s alive.

It turns out Bode has been admitted with second degree burns from a domestic gas explosion

Cooking gas cylinders are a great relief from kerosene stoves and electric cookers in environments with limited or unpredictable power supply. Some say you haven’t lived if you haven’t blown into the dark rings of a smoking kerosene stove. These cylinders are one of the most common alternative fuel sources in the world, with 33.5million Indian households relying on this cooking appliance in 2011. In modern town planning, the use of these gas cylinders is only replaced by the expansion of town gas into buildings, as seen in Hong Kong and Brazil. When handled correctly, gas cylinders are portable, in abundant supply, convenient and affordable. When not handled correctly, they can cost your life.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by divinehand2003(m): 2:23am On Jul 19, 2016
What is in ‘cooking gas’?

Cooking gas sold in Nigeria is otherwise known as Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or LPG. Liquified because because the gases can be stored in liquid form with moderate pressure, Petroleum because the composite gases are light hydrocarbons (composed of carbon and hydrogen if we are to revisit organic chemistry notes of years gone by) – butane and propane in varying compositions, Gas because, well…Gas.

Where does LPG come from?

In 1910, Dr Water Snelling, an American chemist working for the US bureau of Mines launched an investigation into a customer complaint regarding his petrol evaporating too quickly.

LPG is made up of a flammable mixture of propane and butane gases in varying quantities. When sold separately in Nigeria, Butane comes in a blue cylinder, and propane comes in a red cylinder. The nature of this composition means that it has to be stored, transported and used via pressurised cylinders. LPG is ideal for cooking because it burns cleanly (this means that it burns without any soot or smoke given off), and exposure to this in small amounts is not toxic to humans. It is relatively odourless, however an odourant is added to enable detection in the event of leakage.

Just like in Nigeria, it is used for cooking in countries which don’t have gas piped to homes for domestic purposes.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by divinehand2003(m): 2:33am On Jul 19, 2016
Safety

Back to Bode. After several rounds of questioning and introspection, it was clear that his misfortune had come as a result of some faulty tubing connecting the cylinder to the cooker. If as little as 2% of LPG leaks out, it will form a flammable mixture with air. Within a confined space with no adequate ventilation, this can very easily cause an explosion.

Hoses and tubing on gas cylinders are one of the weakest points in the system, and it is important to pay attention to keeping these as safe for use as possible. One would be surprised at how easy it is to ensure safety, and how simplistic the safety instructions are, compared to the damage caused annually. The experts at Calor suggest:

*Keeping the tubing away from bright sunlight, dampness, abrasion and heavy weights.
*Replaces hoses every 5 years, as they are manufactured with a lifespan of 5 years
*Store the cylinders in a place where you have good ventilation. This is because LPG is heavier than air, and gravity ensures that it will flow along floors and and settle in pockets in the ground (if any). As a result, a leak and an ignition source are the only requirements for an explosion to occur. In addition to this, an unchecked leak will cause air to be displaced, increasing the chances of suffocation.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by divinehand2003(m): 2:36am On Jul 19, 2016
How to check for leaks

It is important to do the following every gas cylinder change without fail.

All you need to detect a leak is soapy water, a sponge or spray bottle and good lighting.

Turn on the valve and either soap the valve and hose down or spray with a spray bottle. If you see bubbles appear, you have found your leak.

Here’s a video demonstration:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YjoLGIOA5Y

It is important that you check at home, as well as at the depot, as the connections between your cooker and the gas cylinder also need to be checked.

As you can see, safety is only a sponge, soap and know-how away. The more people aware of how to keep these units safe for use, the more potential lives saved. Therefore, please share this post with those you know who use domestic gas for cooking.

http://www.mymetrong.com/preventing-cooking-gas-explosions-without-specialised-equipment/

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Prince202020(m): 2:36am On Jul 19, 2016
OK, following, want to learn.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Elchappo: 3:28am On Jul 19, 2016
Prince202020:
OK, following, want to learn.

Nah firewood u dey use bah...

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by branhampaul: 2:33pm On Jul 15, 2017
OP, thanks for this Info. I found this article through google..

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Skywalker49: 12:37am On Jul 17, 2017
This article is really useful. Thanks a lot.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by PureGoldh(m): 2:30pm On Oct 10, 2019
Nice write-up... God bless the OP
Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by shegzhkn: 2:32pm On Oct 10, 2019
please I gat question on this , in an event of fire explosion from the gas cylinder and no extinguisher is available , I suppose the use of water is not bad , right ?

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by deepwater(f): 2:33pm On Oct 10, 2019
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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Kellie069(m): 2:33pm On Oct 10, 2019
M. Only interested in the meat way de those pots for the second pic unto firewood level

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by mu2sa2: 2:34pm On Oct 10, 2019
As a safety precaution, always ensure your kitchen is well-ventilated by keeping the windows and where possible door open. I also turn off the nozzle on the cylinder when the cooker is not in use. I am always on alert making sure there's no gas smell any time I step into the kitchen.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by wonuks(m): 2:36pm On Oct 10, 2019
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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Ritelar: 2:36pm On Oct 10, 2019
Nice one
Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Grandium: 2:37pm On Oct 10, 2019
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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by OgbanjeProphet: 2:37pm On Oct 10, 2019
My own be say, don't cook whenever you feel sleepy and you are alone.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Offpoint: 2:38pm On Oct 10, 2019
not interested in 4 years old article....


after so many bobrisky and snakes

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by NextGovernor(m): 2:41pm On Oct 10, 2019
70% of Gas explosion has nothing to do with the cylinder. Most occur when the cooking set (cooker) is faulting thereby leaking amount of gas out and which can cause explosion either when in use or when not in use.

Please always check your Gas cooker and never ignore any gas smell from the kitchen.

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by mrkings84(m): 2:43pm On Oct 10, 2019
Am a viage man, I use kerosene and firewood!

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by Digipro: 2:43pm On Oct 10, 2019
Kk
Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by emmabest2000(m): 2:43pm On Oct 10, 2019
If you have cooking gas in your home , make sure it should be use only by adults,

Prepare aside kerosene cooking stove for your grow up kids !

By doing this you have prevent 80% risk , the remaining 20% risk depends on Gods Grace

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by abkrgumel(m): 2:43pm On Oct 10, 2019
In my family house we don't put gas cylinder in the kitchen we keep it in backyard

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Re: How To Prevent Cooking Gas Explosions In Nigerian Homes by donMIG(m): 2:44pm On Oct 10, 2019
Almost died wit my best friend ooo

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