Though Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) also known as coking gas is the fastest means of cooking energy, it is damn catastrophic if not properly handled by sellers and users. Coking gas-related tragedies occasioned by explosion have resulted in loss of lives and property worth millions of naira. Some of the cases are not unconnected with siting of gas stations in residential areas.
The more stations are located close to residents, the likelihood of their vulnerability to disaster. In places where stations are situated in residential areas and dispensed for household use, people that are conscious of its tragedies live in fear and trepidation. Daily Trust examines proliferation of cooking gas stations in residential areas in some states in consonance with the views of sellers, users, residents as well as associated calamities.
Gas explosion, Daily Trust reports, is a blast that results from mixing gas, especially gas leakage, with air in the presence of an ignition source. In household accidents, the principal explosive gases are those used for heating or cooking purposes, especially natural gas.
The rate of gas explosion and related devastation being witnessed in different parts of the country has hit an alarming proportion. Recently, there was a gas explosion in Mushin area of Lagos in which five persons lost their lives, while about 15 vehicles and many houses were destroyed.
Residents living close to gas stations in Jos, the Plateau State capital, have expressed concerns over location and proliferation of gas plants in residential areas. They have also expressed concerns that majority of the outlets are sited not only in residential but also other public areas, leaving people in such places exposed to danger.
Dealers, in a chat with our correspondent, however, assured that they had put in place some necessary measures to curtail any unforeseen tragedy.
Our correspondent gathered that though there hasn’t been any major gas explosion in Jos as experienced in other states, residents had called on government to control the increasing activities of local gas refilling outlets.
Source:- Daily Trust