DAGUPAN CITY, Apr 25 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry said the use of butane canisters in storing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is unsafe and could lead to explosion.
Peter Mangabat, DTI provincial director, said butane canisters were not designed for storing LPG because the containers are thinner and are not compliant with the safety and quality standards for a refill tank.
Butane canisters, which are smaller and light weight, are commonly used outdoors and on road trips for convenience.
“Dahil manipis, hindi nito kakayanin ang pressure, pwede itong mag leak at may posibilidad na mag-explode at mag-cause ng sunog (The canister has a thinner layer which could not stand high pressure. It may cause a leak leading to explosion and fire),” Mangabat said.
Based on Philippine National Standard regulations, only welded steel cylinders with a water capacity of one-150 liters are intended for storing and transporting LPG.
Mangabat, however, said he has not received reports of incidents in Pangasinan where the use of butane canisters is rampant.
He said his office will continue to implement the DTI’s safety guideline. He also urged the public to refrain from using butane canisters and to report those who use them. (PIA-Pangasinan)