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Gas hazards

Take precautionary measures before an accident happens
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Gas hazards

Let’s be honest. How many times have we turned on the stove to cook or boil something and then conveniently forgot all about it? Only when we hear that sizzling sound of water seeping out from the pot or kettle and extinguishing the flames do we come rushing from wherever we were in the house to turn off the stove. Such acts of negligence are dangerous. As responsible HDB flat dwellers, we should always be conscious that such occurrences and other actions can increase the chances of gas leaks, which in turn may cause explosions, resulting in injury and the loss of property, or even the loss of lives.

As most HDB households use either Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Town Gas for cooking, it is necessary to take safety precautions that pertain to the use of gas. You will do well to take heed of these guidelines:

  • Make sure the supply pipe from the cylinder to the cooker is of an approved type and properly fitted.
  • Shut off the gas when it is not in use.
  • If a gas leak occurs, inform your gas supplier immediately. Open all windows and doors to ventilate your kitchen or flat. Never search for a leak with matches or with a naked flame.
  • Ensure that the supply pipe or hose that connects to your gas cooker or oven is in good condition and properly fitted.

For more information, visit the Singapore Civil Defence website at or the National Fire Prevention Council website at


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