Gas Safety Tips
Servicing and Maintaining Appliances
To maintain the safety and function of your gas appliances at home, it’s important to get them checked regularly according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Energy Safe Victoria and the Victorian Building Authority recommend having certain appliances checked every two years, including:
- gas water heaters,
- space heaters; and
- central heaters
Among other things, your gas fitter will check for:
blocked burners in water heaters and space heaters,
blocked air filters, airways and fans, which can lead to overheating and boiler problems; and
worn out or failing safety controls.
Having your gas appliance inspected and cleaned periodically by an authorised service technician will benefit performance, help ensure safe operation, minimise any potential down time and extend the life of your appliance. It is important that your gas appliances are only service by qualified technicians. In most cases, this means a licensed gas fitter or a factory technician. Never attempt to fix a gas appliance yourself or allow an unqualified person to attempt to fix it for you.
Helpful Tips :
Follow the manufacturer’s service plan and keep a record of the service date.
Ask you gas fitter for a Certificate of Compliance for any gas works in your home.
Make sure you’re familiar with the distinct smell of gas.
Gas safety depends on many things, including the user taking care.
Gas and Fire Safety in the Home
Gas powered appliances work by burning gas so special care needs to be taken around these appliances like you would any open flame
- Do not pour petrol near a gas appliance or flue outlet – petrol fumes could be ignited by the appliance flame
- Do not spray aerosols near operating gas appliances – the flammable gas in aerosols pressure packs can be a fire hazard
- Don't store chemicals or pressure packs on or near a gas appliance – heat may cause them to react or explode
- Never use or store flammable materials such as petrol, mineral turpentine, paint or combustible cleaning solutions near a gas appliance
- Turn off any pilot burners before using tile adhesive or solvents near a gas appliance
- Keep gas powered cookers such as stoves BBQ's clean and free of any build up of grease or oil. Hot grease and oil can ignite unexpectedly.
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