Consumer group warns of explosion danger with cooking gas cylinders

By L. Arias

A study sponsored by the Costa Rican Consumers Association, a consumer rights’ group, highlights the risk of explosion of most of the cooking gas cylinders currently used in homes here.

Metallurgical engineers performed internal and external tests on 26-pound aluminium gas cylinders bought at various supermarkets to check their flexibility, resistance, thickness, the state of their external components and their reaction to chemical agents such as odors used for leak detection.

The engineers concluded that most of the cylinders’ thickness and deterioration levels were dangerous.

Costa Rican Consumers Association President Erick Ulate said the lack of information to trace cylinders, as well as the increasing deterioration detected by the engineers, represent real risks of explosion. It is impossible to determine when or where these explosions can occur, he said, but most aluminium cylinders still being used here were manufactured in the 1960s.

The group released results of the study, which was carried out by consulting firm Asesorías Industriales Proyma S.A., on Wednesday. Testing was carried out at laboratories of the Technology Institute of Costa Rica under the supervision of the Firefighters’ Corps.

The results are consistent with those of a similar study carried out last … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times