Gas and safety: myths and reality

There are many myths regarding the LPG, popularly known as cooking gas. The strongest and, at the same time, with less reason to exist is the alleged insecurity. Mistakenly, when accidents occur with the use of the product, some media outlets are reporting that the cause was the explosion of cylinder "and the idea that the canister explodes just being sedimented in consumer's head. The fact is that the cylinder is safe and doesn't explode. The proof is that it can be installed and work safely next to a stove on, a feat unimaginable to other fuels. 

As any flammable product, LPG requires care in a degree similar to that should be taken with the power grid and the outlets that exist in a home. Nothing different from care, for example, that natural gas users need to have. Specifically in relation to its direct competitors, the LPG does not present differences in terms of security. Flammable products require the observation of simple rules. There's no technical basis to claim, for example, that natural gas is safer than LPG.

When a leak in a ventilated environment, LPG spreads from the floor, because it is heavier than air. With natural gas, it will lodge in broaching cast, being lighter than air. Thus, a flame or spark could cause an explosion of the environment, not the canister. In General, accidents occur by faults in installation, hoses, regulators, among other items, combined with the absence of ventilation in the environment or improper storage.

A serious accident proportions with natural gas in a building in the neighborhood of Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, over a year ago, had caused a sloppy installation. The gas leak caused a massive explosion, resulting in the death of a person and in significant damage to the structure of the building, leaving residents unable to return to their properties. Other natural gas accidents show that the safety of the product goes as far as the rules for installation and use are respected. The same is true with LPG.

Observing the set, LPG offers advantages over natural gas – these Yes real and nothing despicable. One of them is the price, that makes quite a difference in times of economic crisis. The consumer buys the bottles and pay exactly for what they spend. There is a fixed account. If he spends more, the gas will last less time and, in a lesser period, he will have to make a new purchase. But if he spends little or not worn, the gas stays there, available in your home, without fixed monthly costs. With natural gas is not so, there is a monthly account, you need to be paid, regardless of whether there is or not. Additionally, to opt for natural gas consumers is coupled to a single provider, contrary to what occurs with the LPG, for which there are more than 65,000 points of sale throughout the country. Yes, there are differences and these deserve to be highlighted.

Sergio Bandeira de Mello, President of Sindigás

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