DTI warns consumers on buying LPG-refilled butane canisters

Feb. 19, 2016

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here warned consumers of the danger in using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-refilled butane canisters.

DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi, in a statement on Thursday, said “only welded steel cylinders are covered with Philippine National Standard for gas containers designed for storage, transport and distribution of LPG for domestic consumption.”

“Butane canisters are used only once and must never be refilled as it may cause accidents such as explosion and fire,” Ambi said.

Under the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Department Circular DC2014-01-0001, which covers the rules and regulations of LPG industry, including refiners, importers, re-fillers, marketers, and even haulers, illegal or “backyard refilling” of butane canisters is strictly prohibited.

The DTI has previously reported that butane containers are sub-standard for LPG.

The agency also called on the public to report any activity related to “backyard refilling” of butane canisters to the nearest fire station in the locality or the Department of Energy’s Mindanao Field Office through telephone number (082) 221-0778. (davaotoday.com)

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