Aleks’ Tips For Gas Heater Safety
It feels like summer never really came and the rain will never stop here in the Southern Highlands. Good news is, you can make your home nice and toasty with a gas heater. Aleks from Exeter Plumbing has put together his top gas heater safety tips to not only keep you warm in this chilly Southern Highlands weather – but also safe.
Tip One: Serviced Your Gas Heater
First thing to consider is when was the last time your gas heater was serviced? Most manufacturer guidelines suggest professionally servicing your heater every two years. This ensures that your heater is safe to use, is efficient and is effective. Like most things, the older the heater the more TLC it may need. If your heater is over 10 years old, we recommend an annual service.
Gas heater services should be conducted by a licensed professional. A heater service not only ensures that there is no trapped dust in the heater which is flammable and can cause a fire, it also ensures that there are no gas leaks. A gas leak is extremely dangerous due to gas’s high flammability and toxicity if breathed in, in high concentrations. This is why it is vital for an experienced gas fitter and gas heater specialists to deal with gas, gas lines and gas appliances.
If you need your gas heater serviced feel free to call the friendly team at Exeter Plumbing on 1300 155 944 and we will have your home nice and toasty in no time.
Tip Two: Check For Hazards
Have you moved your furniture around? If you have, now is the time to make sure that no furniture is too close to the heater.
Do you have small children or pets? Ensuring that your heater is positioned correctly and is stable is vital. An unstable heater can be easily knocked over and can create a fire.
Clothes should also be kept at a safe distance away from the heater and they should never be placed on top of the heater. Although it is tempting to warm them up or to dry them out – please resist the temptation to have them too close!
Tip Three: Let it Breathe
If your heater has permanent ventilation points ensure that they are open and free of any blockages.
Tip Four: If It Smells Turn It Off
It is that simple. If you can smell gas or suspect a gas leak turn your heater off immediately. Do not turn it back on until a licensed gas fitter and gas heater specialists, such as Exeter Plumbing, has looked at it and has approved that it is safe to do so. Our blog ‘A Guide To Gas Safety‘ digs deeper into gas leaks.
Tip Five: Move Those Plants!
If you are an indoor plant enthusiast (like my wife) and have decided to add a few more plants around your heater in the summer, now is the time to move them. Gas heaters can get very hot and you may wilt any plant too close or in the direct line of heat.
Contact Our Friendly Team Today
If you have any questions about your gas heater or need it serviced, call your local gas heating specialists Exeter Plumbing on 1300 155 944.
No matter what your plumbing needs may be Exeter Plumbing are here to help. We are available to help you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.