Using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) or natural gas for heating and cooking is very convenient. Whether the gas comes through a cylinder service or via underground pipes, there are some safety steps homeowners should take, since gas can cause a big explosions in certain conditions.
Bear in mind that gas, in its natural form does not have odour and colour, so a certain odourant is added to the gas to give it a peculiar smell, to make it possible to detect when there’s a leak. If you smell gas leaking and you aren’t able to turn the source off, call your supplier immediately.
To avoid accidents, keep in mind the following gas safety tips:
When you’re shopping for gas appliances, choose the type with an automatic flame igniter. Opt for the type with flame failure system, which automatically turns the gas off when flame goes out. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer when you are using gas based appliances as well as the advice as to how often a certain gas appliance should be serviced. Only a licensed and trained gas fitter should install, remove, repair, or service gas appliances. Always take precautionary measures when you’re around a gas appliance. Never leave rags, papers, paint, rags, or other combustible materials near gas appliances.
If your gas appliance doesn’t come with an automatic flame igniter, before turning the gas on light the match first. Don’t turn up the gas to full setting prior to igniting it.
When you’re using bush cutters, lawn mowers, or digging in your landscape, be very careful not to get your gas pipes damaged. Contact your gas supplier immediately in the event of a gas leak. Make sure people are out of the area and that there’s no danger of ignition (for example someone smoking or using a mobile cell phone, or an electric appliance near the area). It’s also important to turn off the supply of gas at the meter control valve.
Gas cylinders have to be inspected and stamped every ten years. A good way to check for gas leak is by putting soap suds on the connection or hose for the gas. If there is a leakage, air bubbles will emerge. If you aren’t certain, turn off your gas and contact a certified gas fitter to attend to the hose or connection. See to it that the value plugs of gas bottles are in place when not in use to prevent gas leakage from happening.
If you need help with your gas appliances (maintenance, repair, installation, or replacement) call Scott at Guardian Plumbing & Gas in Victoria by clicking on the link provided.