Safe use of gas this winter

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As gas appliances emerge for use in the cooler weather, WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing important advice about staying safe and warm this winter.

According to Building and Energy, gas appliances should be serviced by a licensed gas fitter at least every two years, or annually if the equipment is more than 10 years old.

“If a gas appliance is faulty or used in an area without enough ventilation, carbon monoxide can build up, leading to serious or even fatal consequences,” WA’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, said. “If it’s been more than two years since your gas heater was serviced, or if it’s showing signs such as discolouration or difficulty relighting, contact a licensed gas fitter.”

The gas fitter can check for issues such as blockages, overheating or burner problems in the appliance or inadequate ventilation in the room. These are all risk factors for build-up of carbon monoxide – a toxic gas known as the “invisible killer” because it has no odour, taste or colour.

“It’s important to emphasise that gas appliances are safe if they are in good working order, used correctly and in a well-ventilated area,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.

“A room with a bayonet socket for a gas space heater should have two permanent and unobstructed ventilation openings: one close to the floor, the other close to the ceiling. You should also avoid using exhaust fans at the same time as an open-flued gas heater because this can draw carbon monoxide into living spaces.”

Outdoor and portable gas appliances, such as patio heaters and camping equipment, should never be used indoors and should also be regularly serviced.

Users of gas equipment should also be aware of action to take if there is a gas smell or a suspected gas leak. Key advice includes:

  • Turn off all gas appliances. Do not relight them until the situation is safe. 
  • Move away from the gas smell.
  • Do not use ignition sources, such as matches or electrical switches.
  • If possible, open windows and doors to disperse the gas.
  • If you can locate your gas meter, turn off the gas supply valve if possible.
  • If your property is supplied by LP gas cylinders, turn the round valve at the top of the cylinder clockwise until it won't turn anymore.
  • Report the smell of gas to your gas supplier. In the case of major gas leaks or immediate danger, contact emergency services on 000.

Visit dmirs.wa.gov.au/safeandwarm for gas safety advice or to search for a licensed gas fitter.

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Media contact: BEmedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Building and Energy
Media release
18 Jun 2024

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