Automotive LPG (Lousy People Griller)
Earlier this week two men received serious burns when their Holden HR sedan exploded in flames not long after being refuelled with LPG. As far as I know, one of the men ended up in the intensive care unit with life threatening burns.
It appears the explosion was caused when a cigarette ignited built up gas that had entered the passenger area. The car was moving at the time and the occupants were forced to scramble from the fire.
The flaming occupants ran to a nearby front yard for help as the fire engulfed vehicle rolled down the road and in to the path of oncoming traffic before coming to rest on the other footpath.
News footage indicated that amongst other things, the cover was missing from the enclosure that houses the pressure and shutoff valves. If there was a failure of the LPG system, the enclosure is supposed to be sealed so as to vent externally rather than filling the vehicle with fuel.
Assuming the car belonged to one of the occupants, it is sad to see how either lack of knowledge or ignorance can marry with bad luck to create such dire consequences. The truth is that if we cant make our own luck we can at least improve the odds.
How could this be prevented from happening again?
1.Have the government create a campaign to add to the already saturated stream of information and advertising being pumped down the throats of the all to numb public?
2.Increase the inherent safety standards of LPG systems and therefore increasing costs?
3.Targeted inspections of older vehicles at service stations, if at all lawful?
4.Compulsory roadworthiness inspections for every vehicle at the owners cost?
Or is the situation acceptable in the bigger scale of things?