A gas leak at home can be an extremely scary affair. Such leakages have led to explosions and ultimately death in large numbers of humans. Even the other gas explosions like the poisonous gas leakages or the petroleum gas leakages are equally scary and devastating.
One major reason for such gas leaks is rodent chewing on the gas pipes that carry the natural gas. The rodents have two pairs of constantly growing incisors which must be kept in check by gnawing else their jaw will be blocked.
But this gnawing ability of the rodents causes in human causalities.
Pieces of evidence for the same are given below:
Couple dies in explosion after rat nibbles tube
January 30, 2019
EZHUKON: A middle aged couple died in a gas cylinder explosion at Ezhukon in Kollam on Tuesday. They were identified as Yohannan and his wife Annamma. The cylinder exploded after a rat nibbled the tube connected from the cylinder to the gas stove. The couple did not give much care even after a foul smell emanated. Fire broke out after they lit the stove without noticing the leak. The accident happened Tuesday morning at 5.30 am. A big explosion occurred when the couple were in the kitchen. Though the seriously injured were taken to the hospital, both died at 3 pm.
Dubai housemaid dies in gas explosion, and a rat’s to blame
July 21, 2017
Dubai Police confirmed on Thursday that a housemaid was killed following a gas cylinder explosion.
The explosion was a result of a rat tampering with the gas cylinder tubes in a kitchen of a villa in Dubai.
Captain Mohammed Ali Al Qasim, head of the criminal engineering department at Dubai Police, said that “the villa’s owner had warned his maids against using the stove in the kitchen after smelling a gas leak”.
However, one of the maids entered the kitchen and ignited one of the burners, leading to the explosion that damaged the kitchen’s walls, which eventually collapsed into her colleague’s room. The maid was killed instantly, while the fire from the explosion caused moderate burns to the other maid.
LPG by itself is colorless and odorless. Ethyl Mercaptan is added to LPG for the smell so that any leakage can be easily identified. But despite this, people ignore and there are mishaps that occur. So what can be done in first place in order to avoid the rodent bite on the fuel pipes?
No doubt the pipes have to be made rodent resistant. Having said that, people may feel that incorporating rodenticides in these pipes is the only option. But Rodenticides are harmful to surrounding as they leach out fumes and also have a short shelf life and are not 100% efficient.
RodrepelTM is an extremely low toxic and extremely low hazard rodent aversive repellent.
The masterbatch can be incorporated in the gas tubing and pipelines, hindering the rodents from attacking them. It is an anti-rodent additive specially developed for a range of polymeric and coating applications including films, pipes, wires, and cables. It can be incorporated into nearly all base polymers like HDPE, LDPE, PVC, PE, etc.
Apart from this, it is also available in the form of liquid concentrate, lacquer, and sprays.
The liquid concentrate can be blended with paints and organic solvents and be applied to the pipes. The lacquer can be directly applied to the pipes as a protective coating to protect it from a rodent attack.
The sprays are an easy to use product which can be sprayed near the gas pipelines and affected areas to repel the rats.
The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.
The products do not interfere with the working of the end application it is used in. They are stable at high temperatures; they do not leach out or produce any toxic fumes.
It looks as if this green chemistry based product is tailor-made for this application. Don’t you feel?
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