Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has harped on the need for petrol station owners nationwide and their workers to observe environmental safety rules in their locations.

The DPR zonal controller, Imo state, Mrs Roseline Wilkie, gave the advice in Owerri last weekend when she visited some petrol stations to create awareness and monitor compliance to DPR rules and regulations on sale and distribution of petroleum products and safety.

Wilkie said there was the need for station managers to insist that people buying fuels puts off their cell phones, as well as vehicle engines while buying petrol, observe other safety precautions.

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She also urged petrol station managers, as well as members of the public to observe safety rules while handling petroleum products. She listed the rules to include non-usage of hand sets at filling stations, non-keeping of petrol in jerrycans inside house and no smoking of cigarettes as well non-usage of candles near petrol.

Others are putting off motor engines and generators while buying or pouring fuel, buying petrol in good stations, stop scooping petrol from fallen tankers, stop burning things or bush near filling stations and never to use containers for petrol to buy kerosene.

The DPR controller also warned gas users to change leaking gas valve or hose, not to use water to quench a fire caused by gas, keep their cylinders in well ventilated areas and to call experts and fire service in case of any complaint on the gas and fire.

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Some petrol station managers and gas plants visited thanked the DPR for the oversight function. The station managers in Imo state commended DPR officials for the visit which they said was meant to keep them on their toes.

They managers promised to comply with the safety rules and regulations of the DPR. art of the visit was the handing over of the fliers on safety rules by the DPR to the managers.

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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