The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has advised Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) retailers to always adhere strictly to laid down safety regulations.
The DPR Operations Controller, Sokoto Field Office, Mr. Muhammad Makera, said this on Tuesday in Sokoto, at a Stakeholders Meeting on Safe Handling of LPG facilities.
He also urged the retailers to obtain their registration license or risk their businesses being shutdown.
“In Kebbi and Sokoto states, there are no fewer than 10 LPG Refilling Plants.
“DPR has outlined standard procedures on how to handle the LPG at all levels, stakeholders also have great roles to play in educating retailers and other users for ensuring safe communities,”Makera said.
Makera lamented a situation where LPG shops recruit untrained and unlicensed retailers.
According to the DPR boss, the negligence of such staff in enforcing regulations had led to countless fire outbreaks.
“Retailers should not be located within markets and open places such as near meat (Suya) sellers, beans cake friers and others.
“Retailers should also have bucket of sharp sand, well-ventilated shop, display of appropriate warning signs and emergency numbers and distance from fire sources,” he advised.
The general public was also warned to avoid using substandard and expired Gas Cylinders.