Safety tips for us­ing gas heaters

Lesotho Times - - Property -

AT this time of the year when we start to no­tice the chill in the air, many of us reach for the ig­ni­tion switch on our gas heaters. It is es­sen­tial, how­ever, to first take the time to make sure that we know our safety tips and that our gas heaters are safe to use.

It is rec­om­mended that the heater is serviced on a reg­u­lar ba­sis by a qual­i­fied gas tech­ni­cian, in line with the in­struc­tions pro­vided by the man­u­fac­turer. Once your gas heater is se­curely con­nected to your gas bot­tle and ready for use, it is im­por­tant to make sure that it is op­er­ated safely.

An­to­nio shares a few point­ers that home­own­ers should con­sider when us­ing their gas heaters this win­ter.

1. Al­ways turn your heater off be­fore go­ing to bed or leav­ing your prop­erty.

2. Make sure all the com­po­nents like the heater, reg­u­la­tor and hose con­nec­tors of your unit are well-main­tained.

3. Do not use aerosols or flammable clean­ing liq­uids or sprays in close prox­im­ity to the heater.

4. Avoid sit­ting or stand­ing too close to your heater, it might feel nice and toasty but gas burns are no joke.

5. Al­ways en­sure that the room in use is well-ven­ti­lated. If it be­comes stuffy, open windows and doors to al­low fresh air in im­me­di­ately. Car­bon monox­ide is a colour­less and odour­less gas that can go com­pletely un­no­ticed yet cause se­ri­ous ill­ness or, in se­vere cases, death due to poi­son­ing.

6. Al­ways fol­low man­u­fac­turer guide­lines care­fully. 7. Never place clothes or other items like tow­els over your heater. We have all been guilty of this at one time or an­other, whether it is heat­ing up a towel while show­er­ing or socks be­fore go­ing to bed. Re­mem­ber that this is dan­ger­ous as a fire can start with­out any­one notic­ing. 8. Do not move your unit while it is in use. First turntu it off and wait for it cool down a lit­tle be­fore mov­ing it around.

9. K Keep chil­dren and pets away from gas heater­sheate — those tiny fin­gers­finge or paws might just wan­der into the wrong­wron place.

10. K Keep gas heaters at least one me­tre away from all flammable ob­jects in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, cur­tains, books and boxes.b

11. PortableP gas heater hoses or power cords should­shou not be ex­tended throughthrou a door­way into other rooms. A door could ac­ci­den­tally be closed and cause a leak in the hose.

12. Re­mem­berR to check the LPL Gas safety as­so­ci­a­tion’sso­ciat web­site to make sure your ap­pli­ance is listed as a safe ap­pli­ance.ap­plia Re­mem­berReme to look out for th the LP Gas Safety as­so­ci­a­tionas­soc sticker on your ap­pli­ance or its pack­ag­ing.pack

13. Most man­u­fac­tur­ers sug­gest­sugg a pe­ri­odic in­spec­tion or ser­vice of the ap­pli­ance or in­stal­la­­stal­la­tion Two years is the most com­mon recom­men rec­om­men­da­tion. Al­ways re­fer back to your owner’s m man­ual.

14. Do not use out­door gas heaters in­doors. Out­door gas heaters may cre­ate car­bon monox­ide. Car­bon monox­ide can make you dizzy, give you headaches or flu-like symp­toms, and ex­tended ex­po­sure can be fa­tal.

12. This may sound like a joke to most peo­ple but it is an ac­tual thing that peo­ple do quite reg­u­larly: do not use your gas oven to heat up your home. The things that could go wrong are too nu­mer­ous to name.

What to do if you smell gas in your home 13. When you smell gas, please do not light flames or cre­ate sparks - this in­cludes light­ing a cig­a­rette.

14. Don’t op­er­ate light switches, ap­pli­ances or tele­phones.

15. Leave the area with the doors and windows wide open. 16. Shut off the gas at the gas bot­tle valve by turn­ing it clock­wise.

17. Don’t turn it back on un­til it has been checked by a qual­i­fied gas tech­ni­cian.

18. Do not re­turn in­side your home un­til the gas has had time to dis­si­pate.

19. Do not use an elec­tri­cal fan to try and blow away the gas.

20. Re­mem­ber that LPG is heav­ier than air and can ac­cu­mu­late in low ar­eas. 21. Get your sys­tem checked by your lo­cal gas in­staller.

In­ter­est­ing fact Nat­u­ral gas is odour­less, so en­ergy com­pa­nies add the smell of rot­ten eggs (mer­cap­tan) to help home­own­ers de­tect it. This is also an ef­fec­tive way to de­tect a gas leak at home.

Al­ways re­mem­ber that if you ser­vice your gas heater or in­stal­la­tion reg­u­larly and use it cor­rectly, it should be safe and eco­nom­i­cal to use.

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