Gas Heater Appliances Safety

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Gas Heater Appliances Safety South Africa

While gas is usually safe to use, If not looked after, gas can cause poisoning, explosions and fire - damaging homes, businesses and can cause deaths.

Carbon Monoxide - “The Silent Killer”

“Carbon Monoxide or CO, is produced by devices that burn fuels. Therefore, any fuel-burning appliance in your home is a potential CO source”. Read more at Carbon Monoxide

Points to follow regarding Gas Heater Appliances Safety:

  1. Follow the manufacturer’s guideline documents carefully. Rather be safe than sorry.
  2. Never leave your heater unattended.
  3. Always turn off your heater if you are away from it for a long period of time. Both the starter switch on the heater and the tap on the cylinder should be turned off.
  4. Check, maintain and service the heater, regulator valve and hose connectors of your unit. Speak to a registered professional for advice and maintenance. If in doubt, ask these resources:    |
  5. Do not use aerosol spray cans or any flammable liquids near the heater.
  6. Don’t sit too close to your heater, you may not even notice that you’re slowly being burned. touching any part of the heater grill can cause serious burns.
  7. Only use your heater in a well-ventilated room. If a room become too hot or feels stuffy, open a window and/or door to ventilate the Carbon Monoxide which is odourless and colourless.
  8. Keep children and pets away from gas heaters.
  9. Keep your gas unit away from electrical wall sockets (plugs) and multi-plug units - sparks and gas are a recipe for disaster.
  10. Never place a heater close to appliances, furniture or curtains. Give at least a metre’s spacing between the heater and other objects. Never hang material or clothing over a heater in an attempt to dry it.
  11. Do not move your unit when it is turned on. Always turn it off when moving it around. When transporting your unit, remove the gas cylinder.
  12. Never extend your hoses yourself, contact a qualified gas installer to advise you on your options.
  13. Buy your gas heaters and other gas accessories from a reputable dealer. If in doubt, ask the resources mentioned in point 4.

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