Here a few tips about gas safety we'd like to share with you to ensure your family, friends or work colleagues stay safe.
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 qualified 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 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. 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.
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.
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.