A Guide To Gas Safety
From cooking to heating, almost every home in Australia uses gas in some way. Although gas is a an extremely useful resource for many households, it can also be extremely dangerous due to its high flammability and toxicity if breathed in, in high concentrations. This is why it is vital to hire an experienced gasfitter when dealing with gas and gas lines.
A professional gasfitter will be up to date with all the latest legislation that surrounds gas installation and connections. They will also be able to ensure your gas line is at the correct pressure and is the correct size for optimal appliance efficiency. No matter how big or small the job is, it is vital for the safety of yourself and others to have a professional gasfitter do the job for you. Due to the dangers associated with gas and gas leaks it is vital to know the signs of a potential gas leak.
The Most Common Signs Of A Gas Leak Are:
- A greater than normal gas bill.
- A smell of sulphur or ‘rotten eggs.’
- A hissing or whistling sound near a gas line.
- Bubbles in water.
- A discoloured flame on your gas appliance – the pilot light should always have a vibrant blue colour. The blue colour represents the correct gas-to-air ratio. A flame that is more of an orange or yellow colour could mean that your appliance may be leaking more gas than it can combust.
- You feel sick, dizzy, nauseous.
What To Do If You Suspect A Gas Leak
If the smell of gas is coming from an appliance on your property, or from pipework near the gas meter, turn the gas meter handle to the off position and then immediately phone your local gasfitter (such as Exeter Plumbing on 1300 155 944.) If you are unsure how to do this, your local gasfitter will be able to talk you through it. For those of you that rent, you will need to call your real estate agent. Do not delay getting help. Even if you are not sure if you have a gas leak it is better to be safe than sorry. A gas leak is considered as an emergency and should be taken very seriously.
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