Cooking Gas Dealers Raise Alarm Over Spike in Fake Accessories Causing Home Explosions


Cooking gas dealers have raised concern over the rise in substandard Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) accessories across the country.

While attending a safety sensitization engagement in Thika Town, the dealers, mostly drawn from the Mt Kenya region, expressed concern over the rampant sale of substandard accessories across the country.

The accessories they highlighted were burners, regulators and pipes.

Consequently, the business owners called on the government to go after unscrupulous individuals who were bringing the products into the county.

Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a leading a gas safety sensitisation meeting on February 1, 2023.

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Alice Ng’ang’a

The business owners also lamented that the accessories were easily accessible to Kenyans and sold at throw-away prices.

“We are seeing customers purchasing these gadgets for as low as Ksh100. They are not even questioning who is selling these products to them.

“They do not want to buy original accessories,” one of the officials stated.

On her part, Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a, who organised the meeting called on the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) to enhance their engagements across the country to sensitize Kenyans to cooking gas safety tips.

How to Detect Leaks on Accessories

Kenyans conduct various tests to detect gas leaks in cylinders and pipes.

For starters, one can apply soapy water along the pipe or on the fabricated joints of a cylinder. Should there be bubbles, that is an indication that there is a leak.

One should replace the cylinder and gas in such a scenario.

Alternatively, should one hear a hissing sound when the gas is turned off, remedies should be undertaken to correct the leakage.

Gas is highly flammable and can cause mass casualties as was witnessed in the Embakasi gas explosion.

In the incident that occurred on Friday 02 February, morning, three people lost their lives with over 280 people getting injured.

The aftermath of the Embakasi gas explosion that claimed three lives and injured over 220 others on Thursday night, February 1, 2024.

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Capital FM





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