Thursday, February 18, 2016

DTI advises consumers not to buy LPG-refilled butane canisters

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 18 – The Department of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminds the general public, particularly those who are using butane stoves, on the danger of using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-refilled butane canisters for household consumption.

The agency pointed out that butane canisters are used only once and must never be refilled since use of refilled butane canister may cause accidents such as explosion and fire.

DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi emphasized that “only welded steel cylinders are covered with Philippine National Standard for gas containers designed for storage, transport and distribution of LPG for domestic consumption.”

It can be noted that the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Department Circular DC2014-01-0001 covers the rules and regulations of LPG industry including refiners, importers, re-fillers, marketers, and even haulers.

The said mandate states that illegal or “backyard refilling” of butane canisters is strictly prohibited under the department’s rules and regulations.

Considering such, Ambi encouraged everyone to report any information relative to “backyard refilling” to the nearest fire station in the locality or DOE Mindanao Field Office through telephone number (082) 221-0778.

“With everyone’s concern and vigilance, we can surely help save lives,” she said.

Meanwhile, inquiries can be addressed to DTI-Davao Region at 4F Mintrade Realty Building, corner Monteverde and Sales Streets, Davao City. They can also be reached through landline number (082) 224-0511, local 417 and 420 (Consumer Protection Services Division). (DTI-11/WDG/JMM)

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