Ghana and Gas explosions...do we feel safe with current standards?

Ghana and Gas explosions...do we feel safe with current standards?

With their being only one major gas explosion incident occurring in 2016, one would have been forgiven to believe that the trend was at a decline, especially compared to 2014, and 2015's two major gas explosion per year rate.

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According to recent reports by Citi FM, 2017 has however surpassed the three previous years' disaster rate and yielded three major events where gas was involved in igniting major conflagrations.

Ghana and Gas explosions...do we feel safe with current standards?

Three out of eight gas explosions in the last four years occurred this year

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The May 9th Takoradi double gas explosions - according to an 11 member panel - was found to have been caused by an untrained driver's mate who ran away from the scene after finding a leak, instead of taking proper safety measures.

On the other hand, some reports had it that last year's Louis Gas explosion was caused by two missing bolts that allowed gas out of the fully loaded tank.

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The cause of both the Takoradi, and La Trade Fair explosions point to lapses in safety measures that, should they have been taken, could've avoided great loss of lives and property.

But in the absence of a final report from authorities regarding the most recent explosion in Atomic Junction, Ghanaians are only left with the knowledge that the rate of gas explosions is definitely on the rise in the country.

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Naturally, after such an incident, it's normal for people to feel physically insecure but, nevertheless, with gas being the main cooking means for a majority of Ghanaian homes, most Ghanaians will have to deal with it one way or another.

We asked a few people how safe they felt around gas stations and what their opinions were regarding the whole situation.

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