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Dangerous gas cylinder footage removed from TV screens

The production company behind BBC2’s The House That £100k Built’ has edited dangerous gas cylinder footage from the programme and removed it from BBC iPlayer.

Last week H&V News reported Calor’s’ claim that the BBC was promoting an unlawful activity to the public and also potentially endangering the lives of viewers who might follow the advice offered in the show.

Flogas had also contacted the production company to raise serious concerns over the footage that saw a self-build couple cutting old Flogas cylinders that had been fly-tipped on their land, and adapting them into interior light fittings.

Flogas Britain CEO Lee Gannon commented: “It is staggering that the very clear danger behind tampering with a pressurised, flammable product was not acknowledged – not least that this act was also illegal.

“The production team claimed that neither they nor the self-builder were aware that LPG cylinders remain the property of the supplier, and they were satisfied that ‘practical building skills’ qualified the self-builder to make the adaptations.

“Clearly this is not the case; cylinders should never be modified by unqualified individuals and only those who are competent Gas Safe-registered can service or install cylinders.

“The resulting reassurance from the producers that the programme had been re-edited, removed from iPlayer and will not be repeated in its original edit, goes some way towards preventing viewers from replicating such unsafe actions, but it still highlights the need for ongoing consumer awareness.

“Used correctly, LPG cylinders are safe and versatile, but being a combustible fuel, the potential dangers and legal implications of unsafe storage and modification, must be recognised.

“While we support the rise of imaginative building solutions and reclamation projects that are currently being captured on television, it is worrying to see such an associated growth in dangerous acts.”

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