How To Ascertain The Authenticity Of A Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cylinder

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Ganiyat Raji

The expiry of LPG Cylinder can be found on one of the metal strips that connect the body of the cylinder to top ring (handle). It is mentioned on the inner side of the strip. The strip has any of the alphabets from A to D painted on it along with a number. Decoding the expiry date is simple. The alphabet represents the month it expires while the number indicates the year. A year is divided into four quarters –
• A – January to March
• B – April to June
• C – July to September
• D – October to December
For example, your cylinder has ‘A 182 painted on the metal strip. The alphabet A represents month March, and 18 indicates the year 2018. So a cylinder having A 18 mentioned on it means it will expire on March 2018. However, there is a limited grace period of three to four months after the expiry as the cylinder cannot be pulled out immediately out of the circulation. There have been reports that distributors tamper with the expiry date as it is written with paint. So next time you receive a cylinder do check the expiry date and stay safe.
From the point of purchase, consumers should take note of the price differences as the substandard ones are priced less based on discovery.
NOTE: Cooking gas cylinders must not exceed five years.

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