Stay safe this Easter when transporting dangerous goods

DMP is reminding people about dangerous goods safety in the community.
Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2017

As West Australians take to the roads for the Easter holidays, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is reminding people to "separate and ventilate" dangerous goods such as LP gas cylinders.

DMP Principal Dangerous Goods Officer Peter Xanthis said even household quantities of dangerous goods, such as LP gas, presented potentially deadly risks.

"Around Easter time and school holidays, we do see an increase in the amount of dangerous goods, such as LP gas cylinders, being transported by people in the community," Mr Xanthis said.

"That’s why it is important the community is aware of some common safety tips for transporting these products."

The department has important safety information for transporting LP gas cylinders on its website.

"If LP gas leaks from a cylinder inside a vehicle, it can form an explosive fuel and air mixture," Mr Xanthis said.

"If there is an ignition source, this mixture can then explode and injure, or even kill, the driver and passengers."

An incident where a 15-year-old New South Wales boy received extensive burns is a reminder of the potential dangers from LP gas cylinders.

The department has further information regarding transporting common dangerous goods on its website.