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Did A Ringing Phone Cause This Gas Stove Explosion?

Did A Ringing Phone Cause This Gas Stove Explosion?

People are sharing a video that shows a gas stove explosion that allegedly happened when a phone rang.

Find out if it’s true that a ringing phone caused that gas stove explosion, and if that’s even possible!

 

Did A Ringing Phone Cause This Gas Stove Explosion?

This is the video that many sites and people have been sharing, together with warnings to stop using a phone in the kitchen.

The video may be shocking, but don’t worry – both ladies appear to escape the explosion unscathed.

In the video, the lady on the left appeared to turn on the stove a split second before the explosion happened.

A close examination of the video will reveal that the explosion started under the stove, blowing out the oven door and sending the stove grates flying up.

The fire then spread to the tank and caused what appears to be a secondary explosion from the gas tank, which sends the stove flying forwards.

So in all likelihood, this explosion was caused by a leaking gas tank.

The short and sweet summary is that – no, a ringing phone did NOT cause that gas stove explosion.

 

Why A Ringing Phone Will NOT Cause A Gas Stove Explosion

For those who want to know more, here are the reasons why a ringing phone did not, and will not, cause that gas stove explosion.

Reason #1 : It Won’t Happen Without A Gas Leak / Defective Gas Tank

A gas explosion cannot happen without a gas leak, or a defective gas tank.

If there is a gas leak, the gas explosion will happen as soon as someone turned on the stove.

If the gas tank was defective, it would spontaneously rupture and probably explode.

So whether there is a phone in the kitchen is immaterial.

Reason #2 : Ringing Phones Don’t Create Sparks

The electrodynamic speakers in your phone vibrate to produce sound waves. They do not generate sparks.

Think about it – how popular would mobile phones be if their speakers emitted sparks into our ears?

Without a source of sparks or an open flame, a gas leak wouldn’t catch fire and explode.

The US FCC, US NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the Petroleum Equipment Institute have all confirmed that mobile phones do not pose a fire hazard.

Reason #3 : Static Is The Real Hidden Danger

Fire incidences blamed on mobile phones can often, if not always, be traced back to static electricity.

Our bodies can get “charged” with static electricity, if we wear rubber-soled shoes or slippers. Or when we walk on a rug.

Sparks are created when an electrostatic discharge occurs – this is what causes the petrol station fires that people blame on mobile phones.

 

Note : Don’t Get Distracted In The Kitchen!

While your phone will not spark fires, you should still avoid using your phone whenever you’re at the petrol station or in your kitchen.

Using your phone at the petrol station or kitchen is dangerous because it can distract you from dangers in an environment with flammable liquids.

It’s really the same reason why you are not allowed to use a phone while driving. Your phone may not cause your car to explode, but you could get distracted and cause an accident!

 

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2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub Preview!

Join us for a video tour of the 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub, and find out what this new smart refrigerator offers!

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub (RS62T5F01B4/ME) is the baby of the family, offering 628 litres of refrigerator and freezer space with a 21.5-inch Family Hub display.

Designed to be the centre of your home, it helps you manage both kitchen and family, with smart home and entertainment features.

View Inside

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator comes with a single View Inside camera, covering the second and third shelves of the right refrigerator section.

You can view inside directly using the Family Hub display, or remotely on your smartphone using the SmartThings app – letting you check your fridge while shopping.

Family Board

The Family Hub is designed to be centrepiece of your home, in more ways than one.

With Family Board, you can write notes for the family, or let the kids draw pictures. You can also put up the latest family photos and video clips.

Its built-in calendar helps you manage your family schedules, so you won’t miss an event. You can update them directly on the fridge or your smartphone, and synchronise them with Google and Microsoft 365.

Home Entertainment with SmartView

The built-in Family Hub display lets you watch TV programs or online content directly on the fridge. You can check popular video streaming content, or even social media apps.

You can use the SmartView app to mirror what’s being displayed on your Samsung TV. It also lets you view and control your smartphone apps.

And of course, you can enjoy music while you are cooking or eating using Spotify, or global radio stations, news and podcasts using TuneIn.

Smart Home Management

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is part of the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem, and also supports Ring.

It can serve as your smart home management hub, letting you control your smart appliances and IoT devices directly on the fridge.

You can turn them on or off, adjust settings, coordinate activities and monitor their power usage and conditions.

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Specifications

Specifications 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub
Model RS62T5F04B4 / ME
Gross Capacity Total : 661 L
Refrigerator : 401 L
Freezer : 260 L
Net Capacity Total : 628 L
Refrigerator : 399 L
Freezer : 229 L
Cooling Technology Mono Cooling
Compressor Digital Inverter
Refrigerant R600a (87 g)
Energy Consumption NA
Noise Level 40 dBA
Door Material Steel
Family Hub Window : 27.5-inch Glass
Display : 21.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Touch Type : Capacitive
Processor : Hawk-M (Quad-Core, 1.7 GHz)
GPU : ARM Mali-450
RAM : 2.5 GB LPDDR4
Storage : 8 GB eMMC
Connectivity : Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Operating System : Tizen 4.0
Camera : 2 MP camera
Audio : 25W speaker, 2 microphones

USB Port : 1 Type A
Dimensions 912 mm wide
1780 mm tall
716 mm deep
Weight 108 kg net
115 kg gross

 

2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub : Price + Availability

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is available with immediate effect, with these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM8,999
  • Singapore : S$3,799

Here are online purchase options, with prices accurate as of 12 August 2020 :

The 2020 Samsung Side-by-Side Family Hub refrigerator is backed by a 2-year warranty, with a 10-year warranty for the compressor.

 

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Fact Check : Does The LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test Work?

Can we determine which brands are cheating their customers using the LPG gas tank pressure test?

A viral video shows how LPG gas tanks from various brands have different pressures, suggesting gas fraud.

Take a look at the video for yourself, and find out if that LPG gas tank pressure test actually works!

 

LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test Proves Fraud?

In the viral video, a man lined up gas tanks from six different brands – MyGaz, Mira Gas, Petron, Petronas, BHP and Solar Gas.

He then tears off their cap seals and checks their pressure with a pressure gauge, noting how different LPG gas tanks have different tank pressures.

Although he does not directly claim there was gas fraud, it’s implied in the video.

 

The LPG Gas Tank Pressure Test : It Works But There’s No Fraud

While we do not believe the video is fraudulent, it is nevertheless MISLEADING.

The amount of LPG in each gas tank is determined by WEIGHT, not pressure. So the video itself, while interesting, is of no consequence.

The LPG gas tank pressure test may be accurate, but it’s NOT an indicator of how much gas is inside each tank.

And here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : LPG Gas Is Sold By Weight, NOT Pressure

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) all around the world is sold by weight, and not by pressure. That’s why the tanks are labelled and sold in different sizes based on WEIGHT :

Naturally, the weight listed above is the weight of the LPG , and not the tank itself which is considerably heavier.

For example, a 45 kg LPG gas tank weighs 78 kg fully loaded, while a 90 kg tank weighs 155 kg.

This infographic by The Hindu is useful in demonstrating how to determine how much LPG gas is in each tank.

Reason #2 : LPG Gas Pressure Varies A Lot

LPG gas pressure varies according to the gas mixture, temperature and even motion.

LPG is not one type of gas, but a mixture of mainly propane and butane. Here in Malaysia, it’s about 70% propane and 30% butane.

Propane vaporises much easier and at a lower temperature than butane, so the more propane in the LPG mix = the higher the pressure inside the tank.

A higher tank temperature (leaving it in the sun) or even shaking the tank will increase the pressure in the tank because more propane will vaporise.

Assuming they were not shaken or placed in the sun before the video was shot, the LPG gas tanks in the video have different pressures because they have different LPG gas mixes.

Reason #3 : LPG Gas Regulators Keep The Pressure Low

Irrespective of the pressure in the LPG gas tank, the gas regulator you hook up to it will maintain a constant, low pressure of just 2.75 kPA (0.4 psi or 0.0275 bar)

So it really doesn’t matter if the gas tank from your favourite LPG brand can deliver 100 psi or just a pitiful 55 psi. It’s going to get down-regulated to just 0.4 psi.

Reason #4 : High Pressure = Dangerous + Incomplete Combustion

The reason why gas regulators keep pressure so low is because stoves are designed to work properly and efficiently with such low pressures.

If you bypass the gas regulator, the 150X to 250X higher gas pressure will create extremely large flames that are dangerous, if not impossible, to cook with.

The high pressure will also prevent the gas from mixing properly with the air, resulting in complete combustion of the gas, wasting your money.

 

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20 Samsung Fridges Earn ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award

3 January 2017Samsung Electronics today announced that 20 models in its newest refrigeration line have earned the coveted ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program is the trusted source for energy-efficient product labeling and consumer education. The Emerging Technology Award recognizes products that are at the forefront of energy conservation and climate protection.

ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for 20 Samsung Refrigeration Models

All 20 Samsung refrigerator models, set to be released in 2017, are recognized for the innovative R-600a refrigerant system which meets the EPA’s demanding performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Samsung Electronics is the first manufacturer to receive EPA approval to market full-sized, residential Top Mount Freezer and French Door models using this new technology.

The EPA first awarded the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award in 2011, and focuses on a different product category or eco-conscious theme each year. Samsung is a two-time winner – in addition to recognition for 2017 refrigerators, the brand received the award in 2013 for its eco-friendly DV457 clothes dryer.

The Road to Energy Savings

Samsung’s new R-600a refrigerant is naturally occurring and climate-friendly, with no ozone depletion potential and very low Global Warming Potential (GWP) rating. R-600a requires less work to be done by the unit’s compressor, which not only reduces energy usage by 6.5% but also makes the refrigerator quieter than previous models.

Samsung developed the technology ahead of planned changes to refrigerant qualifications that EPA looks to influence by 2021. Equipped with the advanced technology, the 2017 award-winning refrigerators met the EPA’s new qualifications of a GWP rating below 15 while producing an energy efficiency gain of 5 percent or higher. Additionally, the R-600a refrigerant has been approved for use in the US market by the EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) Program.

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“Samsung strives to meet the highest environmental standards, and we are proud to be honored by the EPA for our innovative and eco-friendly refrigerator product development,” said Byung-Sam Seo, President of Home Appliances at Samsung Electronics. “The R-600a refrigerant is a game-changer in terms of reducing energy usage, and we are proud of the advancements we’ve made to create more environmentally responsible home appliance products.”

In addition to being energy efficient, Samsung’s 2017 refrigeration line delivers more choice, flexibility and connectivity for consumers today. New internal features such as enhanced precision cooling, flexible storage options and upgraded interior lighting are matched by updates to exterior details like redesigned handles and premium finishes, as well as seamless designs to fit well in any kitchen.

 

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The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators Revealed!

On 16 December 2016, LG introduced the new LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators that are more energy-efficient, thanks to the LG Inverter Linear Compressor technology. In this article, we will not just share the presentation with you, we will also give you a product tour of the three different models. Enjoy!

 

Key Features

This presentation reveals the key features of the new LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators.

 

Inverter Linear Compressor Technology

The LG Inverter Linear Compressor Technology is designed to reduce mechanical actions that results to a quieter all-round performance with less friction. Refrigerators with this technology are proven to be approximately 32 percent more energy efficient and 25 percent quieter compared to conventional compressors. This contributes significantly to lower electricity bills and every LG’s Inverter Linear Compressor has a 10 year warranty period.

 

Door-in-Door

The Door-in-Door feature is an additional energy saving function that allows consumers quick access to their favourite snacks and beverages conveniently while saving up to 41 percent cold air loss without having to open the main refrigerator door. Consumers can now have a more organized refrigerator with a maximum energy saving ability.

 

Moist Balance Crisper

Contributing to a healthy living, the new refrigerator from LG features the Moist Balance Crisper technology that maintain the moisture to an optimum level. The moisture balancing feature helps keep food fresher and longer lasting. By prolonging the freshness of the food, consumer can save costs and avoid wastage by practicing smart groceries management.

Installed strategically within every section of the refrigerator, the Moist Balance Crisper technology ensures that food are protected with cool air regardless where it is placed within the refrigerator compartment. This promotes a healthier lifestyle for consumers with freshly prepared family meals, maintaining their ‘from the field’ freshness.

 

Massive Storage

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LG further extends its refrigerator features with a larger inner net capacity to meet unique lifestyles of Malaysians. The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator comes with massive storage filling that is ready for any occasion – the ability to store fresh food and beverage equipped for festive seasons.

 

Stainless Steel Design

In addition to its well-rounded inner capabilities, the LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator possesses a unique Stainless Steel design that features a sophisticated appearance that fits today’s modern home with a luxury and stylish presentation.

Consumers can now discover fingerprint and smudge-resistant stainless steel surface. With the inner and outer durability, the LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator is a perfect long term family household investment.

Next Page > The LG 600L Refrigerator Models, Prices & Product Tours

 

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The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator Models

The LG 600L Mega Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerators are available in 3 different models :

  • LG GC-B247SLUV, priced at RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,109
  • LG GC-M247SLUV, priced at RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,333
  • LG GC-C247UGUV, priced at RM 6,999 / ~US$ 1,555

The entry-level GC-B247SLUV has a gross capacity of 687 L, with a net capacity of 626 L. It has a Platinum Stainless Steel build and features a built-in deodoriser.

The mid-range GC-M247SLUV has a gross capacity of 687 L, with a net capacity of 626 L. Like the B247, it has a Platinum Stainless Steel build and features a built-in deodoriser. On top of that, it boasts a Door-in-Door.

The top-of-the-line GC-C247UGUV has a slightly smaller gross capacity of 675 L, with a net capacity of 618 L. It has a Aria White build and features a built-in deodoriser as well as a Home Bar.

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Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Revealed

Earlier this month, we attended the Samsung Forum 2016, where we saw the latest and greatest Samsung kitchen appliances – all slated for sale this year. Their proudest example of culinary technology this year is the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator.

As the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator is not slated for launch until Q2 2016 (Spring 2016 in the US), this is a sneak preview. Check out the video we took of a working example during the recent Samsung Forum 2016!

 

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Quick Look

The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator is designed to be the centrepiece or hub of your kitchen. It is not just a refrigerator, it is part of the Internet. It is what we call an Internet of Things (IoT) device. All of its IoT (Internet of Things) capabilities are hidden behind the 21.5″ full HD LCD display on its upper right door.

The 21.5″ display is where the magic takes place. It allows you to manage your groceries, pin photos, leave notes as well as post, share and update your family’s activity calendar. This is where your family can coordinate your lives around.

[adrotate banner=”4″]It even comes with three built-in cameras that captures a picture every time you close the door. Using a smartphone, you can remotely access those pictures to determine what you currently have in the Family Hub Refrigerator. This is very useful if you’re at the store and can’t remember if you have enough eggs. Just launch the Samsung Smart Home app and have a look!

With the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, you don’t even have to leave home to shop for groceries. You can even place an order with an online grocery shopping partner and pay for it with a Samsung credit card partner using the built-in display. How’s that for convenience?

Of course, if you still prefer to shop at your grocery store, you can use the built-in shopping list feature to manage your groceries. Heck, you can even store your recipes right there!

 

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Availability

The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator is slated to be available in the United States in the spring of 2016. Global availability will vary from country to country, but look out for it in Q2 2016 onwards. In the US, it will be available in two sizes – Counter Depth and Full Depth, with two colour options – Stainless and Black Stainless

 

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