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4 Crucial Safety Precautions To Protect Yourself From Gas Cooker Hazards

Over the years, we have gradually transitioned from using firewood and kerosene stoves to the new era of gas and electric cookers. However, like any new technology, gas cookers have their advantages and disadvantages.

In Nigeria, gas cookers are widely used in households, especially in commercial cities like Onitsha, Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, and others. The use of gas cookers carries inherent dangers due to the nature of its content, "Liquified Petroleum Gas" (LPG).

But don't worry! I have compiled five precautionary measures to help you stay safe from the dangers of LPG. You can find them below:

1. Avoid answering calls while cooking with gas:

Research shows that cell phones, particularly Android phones, emit Radio Frequency (RF) energy when making calls. The low RF emitted is capable of igniting the gas that escapes from the cooker while in use. This is the primary reason why you should refrain from making calls or turning on your data connections while using gas cookers.

2. Do not shake the gas cylinder before use:

This practice contradicts the principles of gas laws and theories. When gas molecules gain more speed (higher velocities) due to heating or shaking the cylinder, they become energized. When the gas molecules move at a greater velocity, even the slightest spark in the vicinity can cause the gas to explode. This method is commonly used by students living in hostels to check the quantity of gas in the cylinder, without realizing the dangers it poses.

3. Turn off light bulbs when you smell gas:

As mentioned earlier, gas molecules become energized with increased speed. In the presence of something hot, such as a light bulb, electric iron, or any other heat source, the gas that escapes from the cylinder can still explode or catch fire. Therefore, it is advisable to gently open the windows, turn off all electrical appliances, particularly light bulbs, once you detect the smell of gas. Make sure to locate the source of the gas leakage on the cylinder. Smoking near a turned-on gas is a potential ignition source, as indicated by the warning signs often seen at filling stations. Also, avoid clashing metal objects when the cylinder is in use, as this can generate sparks capable of igniting even the smallest gas molecules.

4. Do not leave a gas cooker unattended for a long period:

Always pay attention when your gas cooker is in use, even if you have important tasks to attend to. If necessary, turn it off temporarily, deal with other matters, and return to using it later. This precaution is crucial because gas exerts high pressure, causing it to burn with hot flames when ignited. Overheating of the pot on the burner, resulting in burnt food and smoke, can be dangerous and lead to undesirable consequences.

By following these safety measures, you can minimize the risks associated with using a gas cooker. Remember to prioritize safety in your kitchen and be cautious when dealing with gas appliances.

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