UAE: Things to do to avoid gas cylinder explosions

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However, it is possible to live a financially fit life in the emirate, and save extra cash for your security. Here are top 15 tips:

15. Plan your yearly holidays so you can buy your airline tickets in advance. Airline tickets are usually cheaper when bought at least six months ahead of your travel date. Also, try booking online at around midnight when some airlines offer “midnight sale” on seats. You can also subscribe to airlines’ email alerts so you’ll always be the first to know of any promotions.

14. When sending a considerable sum of money home, don’t go with the flow. Exchange rates are usually high at mid-month or end of the month because this is when people receive their salaries and are likely to remit money. If possible, wait when the exchange rate dips (which means you get more peso for your dirham) before you send money to the Philippines.

13. Prefer to buy quality, used items that you need. You don’t have to spend a fortune on new furniture, unless you want to. There’s plenty advertised on online classifieds, or in second-hand stores in Dubai. Another Filipino favourite is the bi-monthly flea market in Safa Park.

12. If you don’t have accommodation or transportation paid for by your company, rent a place that is closer to your workplace. You can save time and money if you are spared a long commute.

11. Plan your trips using public buses or the Dubai Metro. The fares are a fraction of what you would spend compared to riding a taxi. If you must have a car, it is more economical to buy one in good condition (to spare you from maintenance woes) than lease one. However, make sure you have free parking space, and factor in yearly costs like vehicle registration renewal, vehicle insurance and toll fees.

10. Look for free entertainment. Beaches or parks are great places to unwind and entertain yourself with friends or family. You can also check out free shows and events at the malls, particularly during the shopping festivals.

9. If you are living alone or renting a shared apartment, it might be a good idea to buy cooked food in small portions from supermarkets and hypermarkets like Carrefour, Spinneys or New WestZone. You can ask for servings within your budget. This way you are saving time and effort from preparing your food.

8. If you must cook, include more vegetables on the menu. They’re cheaper, quicker to prepare and healthier, too.

7. Regularly check supermarkets and hypermarkets for special offers or deeply discounted prices on stocks for clearance. Most Filipinos head to Baqer Mohebi for discounted prices on boxes of chocolates to ship home, while New WestZone or Al Maya Lals are the go-to places for cheaper Philippine food items. For other commodities, check out three of the biggest hypermarkets in the country: Carrefour, Lulu and Geant.

6. Shop, dine or get service from establishments that offer loyalty points or rewards. Also check out offers on deal websites. There is usually a buy one get one offer on leisure trips, restaurant meals and other deals.

5. Get a pre-paid internet subscription on your smartphone that will allow you to use software like WhatsApp, Skype or Viber so you can call or message folks back home for free anytime, or when you are feeling homesick.

4. Try not to eat out frequently, but when you do, don’t be embarrassed to have your leftover food packed so you can eat it at home later.

3. If you can’t wait to do your shopping during sale season, shop at outlet stores instead (ask the store staff for the location). A more popular destination is the Outlet Mall, which houses all the outlet stores in one mall.

2. Don’t use a credit card, unless you can pay what you owe in full before interest accrues at the end of the month. But remember: It is always better to spend only what you have.

1. Save a portion of your salary. Always. The money you save now is not just for your retirement, but it can also be a much-needed fund for emergencies.” caption=”Photo for Illustrative purposes only.” credits=”ARCHIVE” byline=”staff report”]

Here’s how gas cylinder explosions can be avoided

In recent years, a number of gas cylinder explosions have occurred in the UAE, resulting in the deaths of several people and the injuries of many others. The main causes of such occurrences include negligence, irresponsible handling of cylinders, and failure to follow basic safety procedures.

A gas cylinder explosion in a restaurant in Abu Dhabi’s Al Khalidiya area on Monday (May 23) killed two people and injured 120 others, according to Abu Dhabi Police. The explosion started fires that damaged the facades of six buildings and many storefronts.

What happens when a gas cylinder explodes?

If not handled appropriately, cooking gas cylinders can have severe and tragic results. It is nearly hard for a gas cylinder to explode on its own without the help of other variables.

A gas leak from a cylinder or regulator mixes with air, generating a flammable mixture, according to safety experts. A spark or a source of ignition is required to complete the fire triangle. The flammable gas cylinder-air mixture is ignited by this spark, resulting in an explosion.

How to avoid gas cylinder explosions

It is critical to observe safety precautions when handling cooking gas cylinders, as most cooking gas cylinder explosions are caused by carelessness and negligence. These practical safety measures will aid in the prevention of such mishaps:

For households

  • Make sure that gas lines are properly installed and that the necessary regulator is in place.
  • Ascertain the presence of a safety mechanism.
  • The gas knob should not be left open. When not in use, remember to remove the regulator knob.
  • Keep flammables and plastics away from the LPG cylinder and the cooking area in the kitchen.
  • In the kitchen and cooking area, ensure proper ventilation.
  • The cylinder should not be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Install detectors for gas leaks.

Facilities and business advice

  • Verify that gas contractors have current licenses.
  • Make sure the experts who maintain and install the system are licensed.
  • Use Civil Defense-licensed gas system equipment.
  • Ensure that the Civil Defence has approved the maintenance and gas supply companies.
  • Proper ventilation is essential.

Gas cylinder explosion cases in UAE

May 23, 2022: A gas cylinder explosion in a restaurant in Al Khalidiya killed two people and injured 120 others, according to Abu Dhabi Police.

February 2022: A gas cylinder exploded in a building on Hamdan Street in Abu Dhabi city. No one was hurt.

August 2020: An explosion in Abu Dhabi killed three people and injured several others in August 2020. The explosion leveled the KFC and Hardee’s restaurants, as well as nearby businesses, on Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Road, also known as Airport Road. The incident was caused by “a mismatch in the gas container fittings, post refueling,” according to police findings.

December 28, 2020: An explosion caused by a leak in a cooking gas cylinder at a scrap shop in Al Sajja, Sharjah, killed one person and seriously injured another. The accident happened on December 28, but the person died on January 2.

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