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EPRA issues advisory on safety test of LPG cooking gas cylinders 

EPRA issues an advisory on the safety features to be observed when purchasing cooking gas cylinders owing to the influx of fake products.

As a result of the increase in counterfeit goods being offered on the black market, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has released a warning about the safety aspects that consumers should look out for when purchasing cooking gas cylinders.

EPRA stated in a statement made public on Friday that it was possible to verify the cylinders’ authenticity prior to purchase, including by doing the soap solution test.

According to EPRA, Kenyans can check for possible leaks in the gas cylinder joints by applying soap solutions, such as soapy water.

In addition to the gas burner, EPRA stated that fabricated joints, particularly those sourced illegally, should be vulnerable to gas leakage.

Should there be a gas leak, one will see bubbles after applying to soap solution.

Notably, this method can also be used to check for leaks in the pipes that connect a cooker and a gas. 

Kenyans were also advised to be keen with the numbers usually written on parts of the cylinders to help buyers authenticate the products. 

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“Given the large black market out there, getting a counterfeit LPG cylinder delivered to you is possible. When buying a cylinder, check out these features to see if it’s genuine.

“Please look for the due date of testing, which is marked on the inner side of the cylinder stay plate. Do not accept the cylinder if the due date is over,” EPRA advised.

Sometimes, the dates are usually coded with the year and month. The months could be represented by the letter A – D, which is representative of the first quarter. The numbers usually represent the year.

Therefore, an A24 means that the cylinder is due for testing by the first quarter (January – March) 2024.

Other safety features one can also observe when refilling or purchasing include an intact seal.

One is also advised to buy gas from licenced dealers. In case of any concerns, EPRA can be reached on 0709336000.

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