Gas explosions often occur in construction sites and power plants where different gases and combustible materials are at risk of being in contact with another. However, these kinds of explosions can also happen in domestic areas. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is one of the most helpful utilities at home, but is also one of the usual causes of gas explosions in the neighborhood. If you want to avoid such a terrible accident, here are some safety measures you should follow:
- Keep flammable materials and substances away from LPG tanks or any type of gas that can explode. Matches, lighters, lighted candles, etc. should be kept out of reach of children. Even adults should be reminded regularly.
- Switch off your LPG tank when not in use. This would prevent the combustible gas from going out and causing trouble.
- Check LPG tanks regularly and look for cracks, or anything that may cause a gas explosion. If you find a defect on the container, contact the dealer and ask for a replacement.
- Do not leave the kitchen or the house when you are cooking. If the dish you are cooking burns, it may ignite the gas coming from the LPG tank.
- If you smell gas inside your house, do not turn on any electrical appliance, even the electric fan. If an enclosed room is filled with gas, any kind of spark may ignite an explosion.
Explosions are dangerous, but it becomes deadlier if it happens in a commercial or a domestic area. Here are some of the possible consequences of a gas explosion:
- Extensive property damages â These include houses, appliances and vehicles.
- Burn injuries â There are three degrees of burns and each type requires a lot of money for treatment.
- Traumatic experiences â If a child or an emotionally unstable individual experiences a house fire, he may not be able to recover from it in a very long time.
- Death â Severe burns and suffocation due to smoke are the two main causes of death in a gas explosion.
If you do not want to get these problems remember the tips given above. It will also be helpful if you would relay these safety measures to your family members and to other households. If every household knows how to prevent domestic gas explosions, the suburbs would definitely be a safer and happier place for its residents.