Personal Safety.. a forgotten rule

A couple of days ago, i took a taxi back to my office after giving my car for repairs. On the way, the taxi ran out of fuel and we stopped at an LPG pump (which is no way close to a CNG or petrol pump!!) to get the cylinder filled up. A point to note here is that we’re talking about Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), which just like petrol gives off quite nauseous fumes and is highly flamable.

personalsafety.jpgIn front of us, another taxi-wala was getting his cylinder filled and to my horror, he lit up a cigarette there! I was just watching him, thinking he might throw it away when the time came to handle the cylinder. Its dangerous afterall! Surely he must know that!!! He must be that ‘aqalmand’. I think i was expecting too much from the guy… his cylinder got filled and together with an attendant, he hoisted it in the boot of his taxi……. all the while with a flamin cigarette in his other hand!

Thankgod there was no leak! But i couldnt help thinking… what if there was……..

15 Comments so far

  1. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    there are hundreds of similar cases everybody of us faces everyday where we think ‘this guy is violating rules..’ (for eg, smoking, spitting in buses) ‘BUT’ almost in every case no one including me and you is able to cross the ‘thinking’ boundary and stop the person.

    we are a sleeping and a think-only-do-nothing nation.


  2. Adil (unregistered) on November 11th, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

    Isn’t LPG Liquified Propane Gas?


  3. jawwad (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 12:47 am

    instead of blogging about it…did u even tell the person who was in danger to keep away from that cylinder!!.. y is it so easy to criticize than to help


  4. SWA (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 12:57 am

    If it was me, I would have gotten out of the car and asked that person to stop smoking because by doing so, he wasnt just endangering his own life, he was endangering yours as well.


  5. cyberina (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 1:03 am

    in the similer case 2 of my bro’s friends died in multan .they took rikshaw and within 10 mins of drive the LPG cylinder blasted and both died on the spot… !!
    can anybody tell me is Italian gas cylinder is equally dangerous??


  6. Jamash (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    I was once caught in a similar situation and I also did tell my can driver to put off the cigarette, but instead of taking me seriously he laughed at me and said ” Sahab Kuch naheen Hota humara roze ka kaam hai “, I couldn’t stop him so I moved away from the cab to a another shop at some distance telling the cab driver to pick me up from there when he gets done….


  7. Jamash (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 1:28 am

    @cyberina:
    LPG gas in general is very dangerous, because the people who fill up the gas are often illiterates and they over fill the cylinders, The gas in hot weather Expands and the cylinder Explodes.

    Also In LPG Gas the hose has to be removed and re fixed every time we refill a cylinder, this repeated action of taking the hose on and off results in damaging the hose and thus creating a leak which can easily ignite and result in an explosion.

    I have even witnessed an incident in which GNG gas cylinder exploded, not in a car but at a Gas station (Shell Pump) where it had been stored. Because gas is more volatile it catches fire more easily and when that happen, fire explodes the cylinder.

    In my opinion the safest fuel option is either petrol or diesel.


  8. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

    we are a sleeping and a think-only-do-nothing nation.

    @Abdul Sami,

    You are very kind in your analysis, we are “watch only” and “move on” nation.


  9. Adil (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

    “Safest fuel”? Is that an oxymoron? Sometimes we don’t realize it, but we sitting on a tin can, mostly assembled by semi-skilled people, made with parts offered by the lowest bidder, full of dangerous, imflammable, explosive liquid or gas. It’s just that we’ve gotten used to it that it is no longer a clear and present danger…


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 12:46 am

    Ok everyone here is being a god and claiming that he/she knows how mansoor would have react.

    Better give him a chance to explain how did he react.

    Mansoor, can you refute their claims that you didn’t stop the guy?


  11. cyberina (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 2:30 am

    thanks for info JAMASH


  12. Idris Attarwala (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 8:53 am

    Salaam Alaikum everyone.

    Bro. Mansoor wrote: “we are a sleeping and a think-only-do-nothing nation”.

    I am a neighbour from India and I can tell you the situation is the same in India.

    I am glad to see that we are not alone.

    There is a joke about crabs in a bucket. No need to cover the bucket. If one tries to get out, two will pull him down. Both countries are the same.

    Idris.
    (By the way, I now live in the US. I hope the sub continent fares better).


  13. imran (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

    KaBooom! …. or, as the Mullahs wud say, Shahadat ;)

    May everyone be safe, all one can say.


  14. H.Baloch (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 2:30 am

    I saw a similar incident where a truck driver was trying to find a petrol leak under his truck late at night on Super Highway. He was lighting the match to see where the leak was. Not to mention he blew himself up in the process and got nominated for a un-official Darwin award in the process.


  15. mansoor (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    baloch: lollzzz!!!! i had almost forgotten the darwin awards :D



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