Hey moms! Did you know that like designer bags, signature clothes and perfumes, there’s one item that’s being faked and passed off as authentic by illegal retailers? This item, which your family uses every day, is none other than your LPG cooking gas. The tank and logo might look like the real deal but if you look closely, you’ll soon realize that you and your family have just been duped.
Before we give you tips on how to spot a fake LPG, let’s first talk about the dangers of using fake LPG gas.
According to experts from Isla LPG Corp. (ILC), the leading LPG solutions company carrying the brand Solane, fake LPG tanks can be defective and using them can pose a host of dangers for your family. They can cause gas leaks, safety concerns, and even loss of lives. Often, illegally refilled tanks may cause explosions and fires in business establishments and households. So it’s important to make sure you are using authentic LPG so your family’s safety is not compromised.
Don’t be tricked by illegal refillers. Here are some ways to spot fake LPG tanks:
Illegal LPG tanks are dilapidated and tarnished. Legitimate LPG manufacturers know the importance of maintaining the quality and integrity of their LPG tanks. For example, real Solane LPG tanks are in good condition – not rusty, they are free of dents or holes, and they carry the mandatory markings such as the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS), weight of the tank, and the brand of the company. The cylinder date should not be expired as stated by the requalification date, which is the date when the cylinders must be thoroughly checked.
Illegal LPG tanks are underfilled. Illegally refilled cylinders are underweight because it failed to undergo the weight checks by the calibrated scales of the authorized government agency. At Solane, the standard 11kg LPG goes through weight checks using calibrated scales from the authorized government agency.
Illegal LPG tanks are sold in illegal locations. Consumers should watch out for illegal retailers who sell underfilled and dilapidated LPG cyclinders without the Standard Compliance Certificate (SCC) given by the Department of Energy. Legal LPG stores must prominently display their SCC in a strategic location within the store so it can easily be seen by the customers.
Illegal LPG tanks bear fake seals. New safety cap and seals with serial numbers are important markers of a genuine Solane LPG tank. To check if your LPG is authentic, visit Solane’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Solane.PH) and click “Solane Tank Checker” found on the left side of the page. Enter the serial number to verify if the LPG came from a legal Solane dealer.
Solane also provides store locators so consumers know the nearest showrooms in their area. True to their commitment to providing safer homes for Filipino households, Solane also performs the Timbang Challenge and 7-point safety check free off charge upon delivery of LPG by the hatid-bahay rider. These exclusive services are offered to LPG home delivery customers.
To locate a Solane store near you, visit www.solane.com.ph/store-locations/ or call (02) 887-5555 for Metro Manila or text 0918-8875555 nationwide.
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