Calor Gas has claimed that the 2nd October episode of “The House that £100k Built” aired on BBC2, which showed how to recycle a gas cylinder into a light fitting, was not only highly dangerous but also unlawful.
The programme implied that a Calor gas cylinder was used and the programme showed a cylinder belonging to Calor’s subsidiary, Budget Gas, being dismantled.
Calor commented: “Throughout the duration of their life, gas cylinders remain the property of the gas cylinder company and it is only they who, as the owner, can lawfully dispose of the cylinder.
“Any vessel which contains a highly flammable and potentially explosive substance must be handled responsibly. Unfortunately a man was killed last year when he took an angle grinder to a supposedly empty oil drum: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-19035426
“By showing such activity, Calor is concerned that both the BBC and Endemol (the programme’s production company) were not only promoting an unlawful activity to the general British public but also potentially endangering the lives of viewers who aspire to follow the advice offered in the show.
Calor added that decommissioning a gas bottle is a potentially hazardous process which those in the LPG industry are only allowed to conduct in specialist facilities, using highly trained personnel and following established safety procedures – all overseen by the Health & Safety Executive.
Calor claims that the demonstration in the episode clearly did not meet this required level of safety. From the footage, it would be reasonable for a viewer to think they could use an angle grinder on a gas cylinder in its natural state; it is worth noting that this could result in an explosion and significant injury, if not death, to the user.