The gas industry is warning Despicable Me fans against converting gas cylinders into Minions.
The spin-off Minions film has just scored the biggest grossing debut box office weekend in the UK for an animated 3D feature.
But the trade body representing the UK’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry, UKLPG, is cautioning that an invasion of the little yellow creatures might create safety issues in Sunderland’s gardens this summer.
The LP Gas industry is concerned that individuals may be increasingly taking their lives into their own hands by converting gas cylinders into wood burners and art installations based on the Minions, as well as other well-known film and TV characters.
Converting gas cylinders in this way can be highly dangerous, as well as being unlawful. UKLPG is reminding homeowners and budding artists that throughout the duration of their product lifecycle, gas cylinders remain the property of the gas cylinder company and should always be returned.
Rob Shuttleworth, CEO of UKLPG, comments: “LP Gas cylinders are portable, convenient and have a very good safety record, which is why they are used so widely in the UK to provide much needed heat and power.
“However, 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.”
LP Gas cylinders are safe when used correctly, in accordance with the manufacturer safety instructions. However, LP Gas is a highly combustible fuel and can explode if handled carelessly. Even if a cylinder appears empty, residue gas can be ignited by sparks caused by cutting the metal.
LP Gas and other industrial gases are sold to customers in reusable cylinders that remain the property of the individual supplier company. For more information on how to return your empty cylinders, please visit: www.uklpg.org/advice-and-information/return-unwanted-gas-cylinders/