When your gas appliances become part of your home, it is your duty to ensure that they are running efficiently, safely and reliably. These safety tips will be of great help to you as you maintain a healthy gas burning in your home.
In this write-up is presented important information and tips to follow for the maintenance and usage of your gas appliances safely in your home.
1. Keep a check on the burning flame
Keep an eye on the appearance of the burning or radiant gas from your Gas Heater when in operation, carbon monoxide may be emitted if a visible flame is beyond the immediate surface of the tile. This could be a sign that the appliance is faulty and the air being emitted will be unsafe and unhealthy to breathe.
2. Be mindful of gas leakages
A gas leakage can easily be detected by mere smelling because an odorant is always added to natural gas before it is sealed in a pipe or cylinder for home use. Therefore, if there is a smell of gas within and around the home especially when the gas heater is not working, watch it, there might be a gas leakage.
3. Beware of unusual odour
Be careful while using older gas-fired or poorly serviced appliances. If you smell a different or unusual odour, immediately shut off the appliance and vacate the room. The bad odour could indicate the presence of poisonous gases, including carbon monoxide, which pollutes the air and makes it unsafe to breathe. You can contact a licensed gasfitter who will have it checked before using it again.
4. Ignite your gas appliance with all carefulness
When turning on your gas burner, light the match or press the ignition button. If the burner did not light, then turn off the gas and wait for the gas smell to clear before trying again. As a safety tip, do not turn the gas up to full before igniting it.
5. Keep flammable materials away
Flammable materials are those materials that burn easily. Keeping clothes, papers or any flammable material away from burners will ensure your safety as a user. Ensure that the room where the Gas Heater is located is highly ventilated. Do not spray aerosols near working gas appliances. The flammable gas in aerosols can be a fire hazard and has the capacity to hurt you if you spray it on naked fire.
6. Get your brick chimneys checked
Brick chimneys are designed in such a way to safely draw away combustion gases away from the home. These brick chimneys can deteriorate with time. Any hole created in the brick work or mortar has the tendency to stop the chimney from drawing properly. On severe situations, this can cause back pressure and push harmful carbon monoxide into living areas inhabited by humans.
7. Be careful of gas poisoning
If your gas heater or its gas is not working properly, the air in your home may become unsafe and unhealthy possibly leaving you tired or short of breath. As a result, you may develop dizziness, nausea, weakness and headaches all over your body. This condition could also cause you to become sleepy and confused.
8. Service your appliances regularly
Always ensure that all gas appliances are regularly serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations. This will help to avert any likely fault that may show up in future.