The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has warned consumers on the safe use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other cylinders in view of recent explosions around the country involving the product.
The Director General of SON, Osita Aboloma Esq. advised cylinder users to also look out for SON Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Logo and number on certified, locally manufactured cylinders in addition to the markings specified for the imported products.
Osita Aboloma gave the warning in Kaduna while on inspection of the site of current gas explosion in the city.
He urged Nigerian consumers to patronize only SON certified LPG and other Cylinders with necessary markings in order to safeguard their homes, offices and surroundings from avoidable fire incidents from substandard cylinders.
Represented by Engr. Nwaoma Olujie, Group Head, LPG, the SON Chief Executive warned importers of cylinders to adhere strictly to the SON procedures for the importation of the product which according to him is classified as life-endangering.
He reiterated the need for Consumers to look out for necessary embossed markings on all imported LPG Cylinders as specified in the Nigeria Industrial Standard NIS 69:2013 such as: – manufacturer's brand name, – country of origin,
– test pressure, – tare weight, – SON Product registration number with prefix FA and year of manufacture.
According to him, the specified life span of LPG Cylinders in Nigeria is 15years during which the cylinders must be re-qualified twice, after every 5years.
He disclosed that SON has put in place a rigorous procedure for the certification of imported and locally manufactured LPG Cylinders for use in Nigeria to guarantee the safety and durability of the product.
The SON DG admonished consumers of cylinders to ensure proper handling of the product in transit as well as during use, while also adhering to necessary safety precautions.