How can I be gas safe at home?

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Gas is one of those resources few homes can do without, but when was the last time you thought about just how gas safe your property is?

It's all too easy to become complacent about your appliances, so here are some ideas of ways to make sure your property is as safe as it can be.

Regular inspections

Gas appliances should be regularly inspected by a licenced engineer to ensure they're in full working order. This is especially true of your boiler, which may cease to function properly after a prolonged period of time.

It's important that you don't try to do this yourself without the necessary qualifications, otherwise you could cause damage to your property or cause serious injury to yourself.

Flame failure safety devices

If you have a gas cooktop in your home, it will have a flame failure safety device - if it doesn't then consider upgrading to a newer model.

This will ensure the supply of gas is cut off once the flame goes out, ensuring no harm is caused to you or other members of your family.

Choose appliances with the highest standards

Some appliances will come with approval from the Australian Gas Association and Standards Australia International Global so you can rest assured they are of the highest quality.

They will come with an Approval Certification Badge, so keep an eye out for these the next time you're in the market for a new gas appliance.

Heaters need ventilation

Some water heaters are gas-fired, such as those used to bring your pool to a desirable temperature. It's important that they are properly ventilated to ensure they can function safely and effectively.

Gas pool and spa heaters should never be enclosed, as this can lead to a build-up in carbon monoxide that could prove fatal.

Know where gas pipes are

Doing work in your garden can be hazardous if you don't know where the gas pipes are, which is why you might want to invest in carrying out some research.

Dial Before You Dig is a free service that provides information on where gas pipes are fitted to prevent damage occurring and help ensure safety up and down the country. This eliminates the need to contact providers individually, therefore speeding up the process.

Report gas leaks

If you suspect you smell gas in your area, it's essential that you report it. There is usually a number provided on your gas bill that you will need to call.

Posted by Richard West