The gas canisters currently circulating are deemed hazardous to public safety. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Lebanese will finally get rid of gas canisters that are described by many as "time bombs" and replace them with ones satisfying safety standards, in line with a decision by Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian.The decision aims to replace metallic gas canisters with new safer models.It was also discovered that the canisters being used at home were not up to Lebanese standards, according to LIBNOR, the public institution attached to the Industry Ministry that defines product quality in addition to setting codes of best practice for professionals.Some 4 million canisters are currently employed in Lebanon; some are produced locally while others are imported from abroad. Chief among them was a plan to replace the canisters within 10 years, and people will be asked to pay an additional LL1,000 on each canister containing 10 kilograms of gas.The overall price of the canister will be set by the ministry.
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