Gas Safety Guidelines

Gas Safety

Basic safety rules

  • Ensure all fixed LPG installations are fitted and serviced by a licensed or registered gas fitter. The gas fitter is responsible for ensuring new or replacement appliances are connected, tested and adjusted properly. Keep LPG appliances and fittings in first class condition. Have them regularly serviced. Check the appliance manual or contact the retailer to find out how often this is recommended.
  • If an appliance cannot burn its fuel efficiently (due to inadequate ventilation or a faulty or poorly-maintained appliance) it may produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. While it is odourless it is accompanied by other emissions that may produce a car exhaust smell and/or watery eyes.
  • Do not connect LPG appliances to other gas supply systems.
  • Do not use LPG cooking appliances or stoves as room heaters.
  • Use only equipment and parts specifically manufactured and approved for LPG.
  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation when using LPG – never seal doors, windows or tents for extra warmth while a gas appliance is being operated.
  • LPG cylinders must be used and stored in an upright position. If a cylinder is on its side LPG liquid may escape.

If you smell LPG in your environment

  1. Keep flames and cigarettes out of the affected room and away from the area.
  2. Turn off all gas appliances.
  3. Turn off the gas supply at the LPG cylinder(s).
  4. Open doors and windows to ventilate the area.
  5. Leave electrical appliances or switches as they are – a flick on or off can cause a spark.
  6. Don’t use a mobile phone in the area.
  7. Contact your LPG retailer or a licensed gas worker immediately to check the installation.
  8. If the smell persists in the house go outside to a safe place away from the building.

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