THERE is nothing on earth, however, good or original, that does not expire. Even human beings expire, that is why they die. Though most products carry expiry dates to guide users, in Nigeria, we are just getting used to it even in the face of dubious people erasing expiry dates on some products and writing new dates to enable them sell expired products.
As homemakers, the fact that we could sell expired products when the expiry dates say otherwise means we should be careful with certain products even after buying them. The recent seizure of fake cables worth billions of naira in Lagos, regardless of the fact that they may have carried expired dates, is the reason we need to be extra careful about household items that use cable.
Nigeria has the best cables in the world, yet some Nigerians, in their wickedness, still go ahead to cause fake cables to be sold to unsuspecting buyers.
I write this to show my experience with fake cable that nearly proved fatal were it not for the intervention of a professional. The cable that connects my gas cooker to the cylinder, according to the marketer, was original and was very thick. We had been using it for close to five years and there was no sign that it was faulty until a client supplied us gas and decided to fix it for us. As he was about to fix it, he noticed that the cable had cuts from inside and a little press showed that gas could easily leak from it and cause fire outbreak. We couldn’t wait to change the cable.
That brings me to the issue of people believing they can use any household gadget for years so far they are told it’s original. Home makers ought to take safety of the family serious and check regularly the gas cooker cable to avert fire outbreak. You may think it is the man’s job, but if the man is not doing it, get a technician to do it.
Maintenance has always been a big issue in many homes. Meanwhile, there is no gadget that we use that does not require maintenance. Here are some tips to keep our gas cookers safe:
- All hoses and connections should be inspected and tested for leakage regularly, as they can become damaged or deteriorate with age.
- Check if your gas appliance requires servicing. Don’t wait until it begins to bring yellow or red flame, a flame with a yellow burning tip, accumulation of yellow/brown soot around the appliance, pilot lights that frequently blow outside or an acrid smell and eye irritation.
- The result is that you could be wasting gas and/or generating carbon monoxide.
- Turn off the gas at the source if you are not sure the cable is ok.
- Avoid contact with any visible gas cylinder leak, as the gas stream can cause cold burns.
- Do not allow children to turn on the gas when they are alone at home.
- Change the cable regularly to avoid disaster.