‘Invest in a standard Liquefied Petroleum Gas hose’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
HOME owners should invest in standard hoses used for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders to ensure optimum fire prevention in the kitchen.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, Spokesperson for the Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Superintendent Noorzali Apong said most LPG hoses used in Brunei kitchens are store bought and just “common high pressure hose.”
He said that home owners should instead purchase LPG cylinder hoses distributed by Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM) which can be identified by the SS233 code printed on the hose.
The spokesperson explaind that the code stands for “Singapore Standard.”
He said that store bought hoses harden easily which makes it susceptible to cracks, allowing flammable gas to leak out.
The standard hose, he explained, is thick and made out of flexible rubber tubing, therefore it is not prone to hardening or cracks.
“The non-standard hoses can be found in plenty of shops and people buy them because they are cheap, so we cannot stop people from buying them,” he said.
“What we can do is to persuade home owners to consider buying the standard ones that can be found in selected gas stations because it can prevent accidental fires,” added Noorzali.
A Fire Investigation Officer from the department, Acting Assistant Superintendent of Fire and Rescue Pg Noor Faridahwati PSM Pg Anak Omar Ali said that another advantage of the standard hose is that it can be used even after it catches fire.
She said that even though the standard hose is the optimum choice in preventing gas leakage and accidental fires, it still has a shelf life of only two years and must be replaced when the time comes.
“With the non-standard hoses, the public must be aware that if it hardens, they should not use it anymore... it means that there is already a crack somewhere inside the hose,” she said.
According to statistics provided by the department, there were seven house fires that were caused by either a loose LPG cylinder hose or gas leakage from 2013 until 2015.
The same period also recorded seven building fires due to the same cause.
The Brunei Times