The committee appointed to investigate and table solutions to the prevalent gas leak related incidents, has recommended a new method of delivering domestic gas cylinders to consumers.
The committee issuing a statement recommended gas companies to include a unique chemical concentration level that includes ethyl mercaptan, to identify gas leaks in future.
It was also recommended to issue gas cylinders to the market with a special seal that can be conveniently identified, following a quality assessment that must be carried out jointly by several institutions including the Consumer Protection Authority, and the Sri Lanka Standards Institution.
A scientific examination is continuing to determine if a change in the gas composition of cylinders contributed to recent explosions.
The committee has received information of 458 gas related incidents since the 1st of January to the 5th of December this year, of which 244 of them are related to gas leaks.
Among the reports were 178 incidents of stove tops exploding, 23 incidents of damages to the gas pipe, nine gas regulator related incidents, and one complaint of damages to the gas cylinder.
The committee also requested the public to purchase gas cookers, and related products through responsible institutions.