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    Pravesh Seewoodharry

    Almost every household in Mauritius is actually making use of LPG cooking gas cylinders in order to cook food in the kitchen and also to heat water in the bathroom. In some cases, we can have more than one such LPG gas cylinders being used in houses. These LPG gas cylinders are very often kept inadvertently inside the house itself, thus posing a potential safety hazard. Though, they are practical and user friendly, these LPG gas cylinders can cause tragic disasters to our family and property in case of gas leakage.
    Gas leakage can happen any time at the level of the Gas Regulator, at the burner or at any point along the gas pipe. A lot of innocent lives have been lost due to explosion and fire as a result of gas leakage.
    There exist safety gas devices which are being used in hotels, industries and in commercial complex. But unfortunately no such safety devices are used in individual residential complex in Mauritius.
    There is actually no legal framework forcing our fellow citizens to comply with this safety precautionary measure.

    Potential solutions:
    In order to address this issue, the following measures are being recommended:-
    1. To create more awareness among the people on the safety precaution to be taken in the handling, transportation and use of LPG gas cylinders.
    2. To make use of a safety cut off valve mounted on the LPG cylinder head just before the gas regulator, so as to cut off the gas supply in case of leakages.
    3. To enforce law so as to force people to make use a safety cut off valve on each LPG gas cylinder.

    1. Creation of a safer living environment.
    2. Reduction of fatal accident.
    3. Reduction of severe burning incidence due to gas explosion
    4. Saving lives and making families live happily.

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