AS the country observes the Fire Prevention Month on Tuesday, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has advised the public not to buy liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) gas from fly-by-night dealers or refilling plants.
Fire Officer 2 Garry Parchamento, BFP fire education lecturer, said LPG tanks sold by unreliable dealers, which are usually sold at a lesser price, are sub-standard and defective.
"'Yung mga ganitong klaseng LPG mura talaga nila ibinibigay kaya doon palang magtataka ka na bakit mura nila ibinebenta. Usually ang mga tanke niyan ay mga despalinghado na, maninipis at kinakalawang na din," he said.
"Makakamura nga tayo pero kapalit naman noon ay peligro sa buhay natin at ng ating pamilya, ayaw naman natin ng ganoon," Parchamento added.
He said LPGs bought from fly-by-night dealers and refilling stations are accident-prone as it contains gas, which easily to boil once the stove is opened or heated, that can cause explosion.
The BFP said around 100 fire incident recorded yearly are caused by defective LPG tanks. (Sunnex)