Home Safety Tips – Be Gas Safe
Many homeowners use gas to do things like cook food or heat their house. This might seem like a safe, normal part of daily living, but during a gas leak, the health of your family can be compromised.
If you have gas appliances in your home, keep these five important thoughts in mind.
It’s up to you to prevent gas leaks.
A large majority of gas emergencies are avoidable, if you know what preventative measures to take. Start by checking your appliances for signs of wear and tear. Keep a working carbon monoxide alarm in your house and change the batteries regularly, then watch for signs of gas leaks like excess condensation on windows or scorched appliances. During a leak, you’ll also probably notice a sulphur-like odour.
It’s not a good sign if your boiler pilot light keeps blowing out.
This is often one of the first signs people notice when there’s a gas leak in the home. You may also notice the pilot light on your unit appears orange or yellow instead of blue.
Where is your gas supply shut-off valve?
When a gas leak occurs, the first thing you need to do is shut off the supply. However, you can’t do that quickly if you have to search for the shut off valve, so locate it in advance.
Gas in the air can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.
When inhaled by residents, gas inside your home can cause many health problems, including headaches and nausea. High levels of exposure can even lead to loss of consciousness or death by suffocation. Therefore, you should always take the possibility of gas leaks seriously.
Regular maintenance for your gas appliances is essential.
Although checking for signs of damage on your gas appliances is a good place to start, you should also have a certified gas safe engineer expert take a look at your appliances every once in a while. They can check for warning signs or even gas leaks you might not have noticed.
If you’re concerned, or you are just due a service or appliance check, get in touch!