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While highlighting the measures to be taken to prevent and minimise possible gas explosions, the Committee to Investigate LP gas explosions said a total of 131 such incidents had been reported across the country during the period from January 01, 2021 to December 01.

The committee which had a thorough study on the issue requested people to be alert and careful when purchasing gas cylinders to see whether there is any leaks.

"Besides, if people suspect the domestic LP gas cylinders, it needs to be immediately placed outside and consumers need to contact their sales agents or reach relevant officials via 011 5 811 927 or 011 5 811 929," the committee said.

The public have also been urged not to experiment unscientific methods which might put them in danger but to leave it to the experts.

Moreover, the Committee said although there are no incidents of gas cylinder explosions, it advised the public to make sure the regulator, gas hose, and cooker meet the required standard.   "The SLS standards for Regulators are SLS - 1180 while SLS - 1172 is for hoses. The recommended usage period for a regulator is 5 years and for hoses is 2 years," it stated.   In addition, the general public has been warned not to remove the regulator from the cylinder but to disconnect lever so that the gas supply would be stopped.

These measures were announced by the expert committee appointed by the President under the chairmanship of Prof Shantha Walpolage from the Chemical and Process Engineering Department of Moratuwa University. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Mutt Thursday, 02 December 2021 09:40 PM

    SLS - 1180 and SLS - 1172 means nothing to the consumer. Please explain in simple language.

    LSRM Friday, 03 December 2021 12:04 AM

    Please publish copies of SLS 1180

    Johan Friday, 03 December 2021 01:20 AM

    What a commitee..?? So company can sell leaked cylinders.. It is the responsibility of the people ti check leak..?.. Shouldn't they recommend to stop sales and revoke license??

    Yoga Friday, 03 December 2021 06:01 AM

    Don't put the blame on the user. Supplier should have informed the change of gas composition in advance

    Waco Friday, 03 December 2021 06:10 AM

    Were the so called experts sleeping all these time ? OH

    neil alwis Friday, 03 December 2021 06:27 AM

    all litro gas top brass must be SACKED immediately and legal action be taken to prosecute them

    Dee Friday, 03 December 2021 06:28 AM

    Best measure! Avoid Litro.

    GHT Friday, 03 December 2021 08:43 AM

    Who really experimented risking general public from BUTANE to PROPANE?

    Roshanaly Friday, 03 December 2021 10:13 AM

    Top politician would have imported Gas Regulator and Horse.


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