The attention of Gourmet Guide food channel on Whatsapp was recently drawn to the lifespan of the gas cylinder!
Cooking gas users in Nigeria have been warned against the use of expired cylinders.
This is owing to its high risk of fire accident and explosion.
It would interest you to know that the Gas Cylinder has an expiring date! Many do not know this, but it is very true!
Reports say just like a vehicle tyre, using an expired cylinder in the kitchen can be a dangerous time bomb, ready to explode any time.
To verify the expiry date of the LPG cylinder – you would notice that the expiry date of LPG Cylinder can be found on one of the metal strips that connect the body of the cylinder to top ring (handle).
You will find it on the inner side of the strip. The strip has any of the alphabets A to D painted on it, alongside a number.
Decoding the expiry date is simple. The alphabet represents the month of expiry while the number indicates the year of expiry. A year is divided into four quarters –
* A – January to March
* B – April to June
* C – July to September
* D – October to December
For example, a cylinder that has ‘B 13′ painted on the metal strip means the alphabet B represents month June , and 13 indicates the year 2013. So a cylinder having B 13 mentioned on it means it will or already expire on June 2013.
Another example is a cylinder that has ‘D 18’ painted on the metal strip – it shows that the alphabet D stand for December while 18 represent the year 2018.
However, there is a limited grace period of three to four months after the expiration as the cylinder cannot be pulled out immediately out of the circulation.
It is therefore good to be careful with the cylinder we use . This is to avoid domestic accidents.
Expired LPG Cylinder are not safe for use, check your cylinders and learn to be extremely careful,
However, there have been reports that distributors tamper with the expiry date as it is written with paint.
So next time you receive a cylinder, carefully check the expiry date and endeavour to stay safe!
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