DTI warns consumers against buying butane cannisters with LPG

By: April Montes, PIA, Pangasinan   DAGUPAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has warned consumers against buying butane canisters filled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

DTI Provincial Director Peter Mangabat said butane canisters are not designed for LPG storage and may pose danger to users and households. “Butane canisters are made of tin, not refillable and cannot be filled with LPG. These canisters may explode and may result to loss of life,” he said.

Mangabat said canisters should be properly identified and labeled to comply with Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

He encouraged the public to use only LPG cylinders that are certified by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS). Based on the Philippine National Standard, only welded steel cylinders with a water capacity of one to 150 liters are intended LPG storage and transport.

The DTI said butane canisters are not compliant with quality and safety requirements for LPG refill. “It may leak and emit hazardous gas and cause explosion and fire,”

Mangabat said. An LPG cylinder that complies with the BPS must contain Product Standards (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark, has no corrosion, no deep cuts and dents with complete labels written in English. Mangabat also encouraged consumers to scrutinize the LPG cylinders for product reliability and safety and report LPG retailers that sell uncertified tanks.

The DTI urges the public to report any information on the said unsafe practice at DTI Direct 751.3330 or at the nearest DTI regional or provincial office.#