With load shedding making a comeback, let us shed some light (in these dark time) about how to be safe when you switch to gas.
If load shedding strikes at night, make sure you have sufficient light so you can see what you are doing when you handle your gas appliances. This means keeping your torches or torch apps handy.
Spare gas cylinders should always be kept in an outside enclosure and out of harm’s way.
Never use your gas stove or oven for anything other than cooking i.e. using your gas oven to heat up your home or room.
Size up correctly
Make sure you use the correct size gas cylinder/bottle for the appropriate appliance (i.e. a 9kg gas cylinder for a gas heater).
Look out for warning signs
Here are things to look out for that indicate your gas appliances may be faulty:
- Lazy yellow or orange flames from your gas cooker. The flame should be blue and crisp.
- Excessive condensation on your windows.
- Black marks and stains on and around your gas appliance.
Gas appliances can be unsafe without displaying these sign so make sure they are checked every year.
Make doubly sure that you’re safe
Ensure that you are extra careful when handling gas appliances:
- Make sure you understand and follow manufacturer guidelines.
- Make sure your appliances are properly turned off after use.
- Keep kids away from these appliances.
Click here for an extensive safety guide for your specific appliance.