Plumbing: Safety Tips for Gas Pipes and Appliances

Using natural gas or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for heating and cooking is very convenient. Whether gas comes through a gas cylinder or underground pipes, there are certain safety steps people should take, since gas will cause a huge explosion in certain conditions.

Remember that gas, in its natural state doesn't have smell or colour, so an 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're not able to turn off the source, call your supplier immediately.

To prevent costly and even fatal accidents, keep in mind the following gas safety guidelines:

Appliances:

When you're buying gas appliances, it is best to pick the type with automatic flame igniter. Choose the kind with flame failure system, which turns off the gas automatically when the flame goes out. Follow manufacturer instructions when you are using gas appliances and the advice regarding how often a certain gas appliance should be serviced. Only a registered and trained gas fitter install, remove, repair, or service gas appliances. Always take precautionary measures when you're around gas appliance. Never leave rags, papers, paint, rags, or other combustible materials near them.

Ignition:

If a gas appliance doesn't come with an automatic flame igniter, prior to turning the gas on light your match first. Never turn up the gas to full setting prior to igniting it.

Pipes:

When you are using a bush cutter or a lawn mower, or digging within your property, see to it that you don't get your gas pipes damaged. Call your gas supplier immediately in the event of a gas leak. Make sure are no people in 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.

BBQ:

Your gas cylinder should be inspected and stamped every ten years. A good and effective method of checking for a gas leakage is by putting soap suds on the hose or connection for the gas. If there's a leakage, air bubbles will surface. If you're not sure, turn off the source of the gas and contact a certified gas fitter to attend to the connection or hose. Be sure that the value plugs of gas bottles are in place when not in use in order to prevent slow gas leakage from occurring.

If you need help with your gas appliances (repair, installation, replacement, or servicing) contact Scott at Guardian Plumbing & Gas in Victoria by clicking on the given link.

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