Gas safety tips.
Here a few tips about gas safety we'd like to share with you to ensure your family,
friends or work colleagues stay safe.
In the event of an emergency call 000.
For natural gas emergencies call the 24 hour service line on 1800 808 526.
Only use licensed installers
Your gas appliances are your responsibility. All work done on your gas appliances
or gas installation must be carried out by a licensed gasfitter at your cost. You
can ask to see the gasfitter's identity card which includes a photograph, license
status and what work they are qualiied to perform to ensure they are licensed. If
you are having a gas appliance or gas pipe installed, make sure your gasfitter provides
you with a gas certificate of compliance. Only a licensed gasfitter can legally
issue a gas certificate. If you have any queries, the Office of Consumer and Business
Affairs is responsible for the licensing of gasfitters and the Office of the Technical
Regulator is responsible for technical standards for gas appliances and installations.
Only use certified gas appliances
Only certified gas appliances may be operated on gas. To check the safety of your
home gas appliances look for a blue "Maker's Warranty" label, or a white Gas Safety
Certified label, see examples below. You'll notice most household natural gas appliances
will have either one, or they may have both of these labels. Barbecues will have
either a red label, white label or a combination of both. Certification labels assure
you that an appliance has been approved and certified to Australian Standards by
a recognised certifier. The Australian Gas Association (AGA) and SAI Global appliance
certification schemes meet the requirements of the Office of the Technical Regulator
and cover prescribed domestic and light commercial gas appliances.
Note: Domestic barbecues can be connected to natural
gas or LPG. However, please be aware that LPG and natural gas are different and
you should always use the intended gas in appliances. Operating an appliance on
the wrong type of gas can be hazardous.
Natural gas safety
The more you know about natural gas, the quicker you can respond to a gas leak.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel consisting of mainly methane. It is odourless and colourless
and lighter than air, so in the event of a gas leak it may quickly escape, rise
and disperse in the air. For safety reasons, an odour is added before it is piped
into your home so a gas leak can be quickly detected. Please familiarise yourself
with the smell of unburned gas so that you can easily recognise a gas leak if it
was to occur.
What to Do in Case of a Gas Leak
- Turn off all appliances and pilot lights
- Turn off supply at the gas meter. (You'll find your gas meter on an outside wall
of your home or near the front boundary.
Simply turn the control tap on the meter so that it is at right angles to the pipe.
When the handle is at right angles to the pipe the meter has been turned off)
- Open doors and windows for ventilation
- Contact your licensed gasfitter
- Call 000 in the event of an emergency (use a phone away from the affected area)
- Evacuate the area if the smell persists and is strong
Work on any gas pipes or appliances yourself
Use a naked flame in the area Operate any electrical lights,
power, fans etc in the area
Everyday gas safety
If your gas burner does not light the first time, turn off the gas. Wait for the
gas smell to clear for at least 5 minutes before trying to light the burner again.
If you suspect a gas leak in your home
Turn off all gas appliances and pilot lights. Extinguish all flames. Don't operate
any gas or electrical appliances, lights, power or use a naked lame or electrical
fan in the area.
Check your gas meter test dial. If the test dial is turning when no gas appliances
are on, then you may have a gas leak. Turn off the gas meter, contact your local
gasfitter and have your gas installation safely checked.
Care of your gas appliances
- Do not attempt to fix them or service them yourself
- Have your appliances regularly serviced according to the manufacturer's recommended
- Do not leave clothes, papers or any inflammable material near gas appliances or
- Never block any permanent ventilation openings
- Never operate natural gas appliances on any other type of gas
- Do not use force to open gas taps
- Only use appliances for the purpose which they were designed for example, do not
use an oven to heat your room or dry your clothes
- Keep a gas oven and hot plates clean - do not allow fat and burned food to build
- Turn gas heaters off when you leave the house or go to sleep
- If you suspect your heater is causing you to feel dizzy, sick, weak or sleepy, turn
it off and call a licensed gasfitter