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Old 14-04-2016, 21:12   #1
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Default Gas explosions in residential properties

Whole apartment building in Spain blows up, one woman found dead, nine missing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36048105

This happens from time to time, and seems an inevitable consequence of having homes with gas running through them.

This might not be a very widely held view, but I have always thought it slightly insane that we allow gas into our homes and rely on proper servicing and maintenance not to either die from poisonous fumes or from an explosion. We are conditioned to think that having gas is normal, but if you suggested having petrol fuelled appliances and petrol running through pipes in our homes, people would think you were mental. But how is gas materially different? In some ways, gas is even more dangerous in fact, in its ability to produce large bomb-like explosions. (Oh, and from time to time, there are deliberate gas explosions too - people deliberately leaving the gas on with the intent of harming people or property.)

Using gas as a power source makes sense, but shouldn't we have just used it to power gas fired power stations, and create electricity with it? It would also remove the need for annual servicing, or at least remove the danger aspect. The worst that can happen if your electric heating fails is you are cold, it doesn't gas you or blow you up.
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