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With the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warning about sub-polar conditions affecting most parts of the country this week, many families will turn to gas heaters to keep warm. ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk gives us his ‘top tips’ on what to do when you change your equipment for the first time after long storage, as well as some of the safety factors which must be guarded.
- When connecting a gas appliance to the gas cylinder, always make sure the connection is correct and tight to the gas – a gas smell will occur if the connection is not tight.
- All gas appliances have washers or rubber or fiber to tightly seal the gas at the point of connection to the gas cylinder. It is important to always check if these washers or seals are in place and in good condition.
- It is important to keep jet jets clean. Check them for dust and dirt before any appliance is connected to the cylinder.
- When turning on the LPG, only turn the valve one and a half times. When lighting gas appliances without automatic ignition, first light a match or lighter, hold it on the gas burner and then turn on the gas. The gas will ignite immediately.
- Even on cold winter nights, it is important to always have a window slightly open in any room where a gas appliance is used to ensure that fresh air is readily available.
- When turning off the equipment for the night, turn off the gas supply to the LPG cylinder, which should always be placed on a firm and stable surface.
- Store and carry gas cylinders vertically with a sealed protective cover to prevent any damage and potential leaks if they fall; safe gas cylinders in a clearly demarcated and protected area.
- Use gas that contains an odor -causing substance that may be detected in the event of any leakage; install a gas detector.
- Another critical safety factor in terms of gas cylinders is to protect them from any external heat source. Pressure and temperature have a direct correlation in terms of fixed volume. As the temperature rises, the pressure also rises. If you exceed the maximum rated temperature of the cylinder, there will be an explosion.
- Although homeowners do not require certification to operate gas cylinders, any gas system must be installed by a recognized company.
- Lastly, and most importantly, be careful when using a gas heater: Don’t place it too close to items such as furniture, curtains or blankets that could catch fire. If you have an electric heater follow the same rules when using a gas heater, but remember to unplug it from the wall socket during the loading process so that it does not occur when the power is restored. if the switch is accidentally left on.