LPG cooking cylinders to be banned in UAE

LPG cooking cylinders are reportedly set to be banned in new buildings in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Gulfnews.com has stated the move will come in as part of a new UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice.

Lt Col Jamal Ahmad Ebrahim, director of Preventive Safety Department at the General Directorate of Dubai Civil Defence, said new buildings will not be issued permits if they allow occupants to use LPG cylinders, in an attempt to reduce fire accidents caused by gas leakage and cylinder explosions.

He told Gulfnews.com:  “Buildings have to offer centralised gas pipe network if they allow occupants to use cooking gas. Or else they should use electric cookers.”

Dubai Properties banned LPG cylinders in Al Khail Gate following a blast caused by gas leakage in an apartment which resulted in a woman’s death.

The developers now want to use composite LPG cylinders that are comparatively much safer than the traditional metal cylinders. This new generation of lightweight cylinders is made of helically woven fibres, combined with resin, providing unique characteristics. They are said to be explosion-proof as they can withstand a burst pressure that is twice as high as that of metal cylinders.

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