Campers risk lives over Minions invasion
Safety concerns have been raised after it emerged people are converting empty gas cylinders into makeshift wood burners and art installations based on the little yellow creatures.
With the Despicable Me spin-off still a massive hit at the cinema, the trade body representing the UK’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry (UKLPG) warned tampering with the cylinders could create safety issues on campsites this summer.
UKLPG chief executive Rob Shuttleworth, said: “The isolated incidents of individuals irresponsibly converting these cylinders, thus risking life-changing injuries or even death, should be a warning to everyone.
“The cylinders are designed for reuse upon return, so there is no need to recycle them for alternative purposes.”
Converting gas cylinders in this way can be highly dangerous as well as being illegal, he said. Gas cylinders remain the property of the gas cylinder company and should always be returned when empty.
Mr Shuttleworth warned that even if a cylinder appears empty, residue gas can be ignited by sparks caused by cutting the metal.
To find out more about UKLPG, visit www.uklpg.org.
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