Safety Tips for Home Gas Appliances and Pipes

Using natural gas and/or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for heating and cooking is very convenient. Whether the gas is supplied through underground pipes or gas cylinders, there are certain safety steps people must take, since gas could cause an explosion in certain conditions.

Keep in mind that gas, in its natural state does not have colour and smell, 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 leakage. If you smell gas leaking and you are not able to turn off the source, contact your supplier right away.

To prevent accidents, keep in mind the following gas safety tips:

Appliances:

When you're buying gas appliances, go for the type with an automatic flame igniter. Check if there's a flame failure system, which automatically turns the gas off when flame goes out. Strictly follow manufacturer instructions when you are using gas based appliances as well as the advice as to how often a gas appliance must be serviced. Only a licensed and trained gas fitter service, remove, install, or repair 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 your gas appliance doesn't come with an automatic flame igniter, always light your match first prior to turning on the gas. Do not turn up the gas to full setting before igniting it.

Pipes:

When you're using a bush cutter or lawn mower, or digging in your landscape, see to it that you do not get your gas pipes damaged. Call your gas supplier when a gas leakage occurs. Make sure there are no people within or around the area and that there is no danger of ignition (for example someone using a mobile phone or smoking, or an electric appliance near the area). Also, it is important to turn off the gas supply at the meter control valve.

BBQ:

Gas cylinders have to be checked and stamped every after 10 years. A good and effective method of checking for a gas leak is by putting soap suds on the gas connection or gas. If there is a leakage, you will notice air bubbles. If you aren't very sure, turn the source of your gas off and contact a certified gas fitter to attend to the connection or hose. Make sure 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 (installation, repair, replacement, or servicing) call an expert plumber, Scott at Guardian Plumbing & Gas in Victoria by following the link given.

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