Western Australians urged to put safety first when transporting dangerous goods

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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is reminding Western Australians to make safety a priority when using or transporting common dangerous goods like pool chemicals or LP gas cylinders this summer.

Principal Dangerous Goods Officer Peter Xanthis said even household quantities of dangerous goods presented potentially deadly risks.

“As the weather warms up, we do see an increase in the amount of these dangerous goods 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.”

“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.”

DMIRS says it is important to check packaging before transporting pool chemicals to ensure it is in good condition and there are no leaks

“If pool chemicals mix, one of the possible by-products is chlorine gas – which can irritate the nose and throat,” Mr. Xanthis said.

“Chlorine gas is toxic and the consequences can be fatal.”

Additional information regarding transporting common dangerous goods is available on DMIRS website.

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