The gas works team are often asked how safe are gas appliances and the short answer is very, however a word to the wise. You should always ensure that the appliance you are purchasing has been approved for use in Australia.
If you are buying a gas appliance online it’s important to check that the appliance has been approved for use in Australia.
A good place to start is the Australian Gas Association’s web site aga dot asn dot au and if you buy online then your appliance must by law be installed by a licensed gas fitter.
There are certain gas appliances that should never be used indoors. BBQ’s and Outdoor heaters are definite no no’s. The main reason for this is that gas outputs carbon monoxide so therefore it is recommended that all heaters be flued to the outside. There is a Better Living video on this very subject.
It is recommended that all gas appliances be regularly inspected by a professional every two years. From time to time the gas flow may need to be adjusted to ensure that it is burning at an optimal mixture. As a guide a healthy gas flame should burn blue with the exception of some decorative gas log fires.
Flues may become clogged blocked or corroded so it is important that these are checked for the health and safety of your family.
Gas Works are also experts when it comes to servicing reverse cycle and evaporative air conditioning systems.
Now Gas Works have qualified gas fitters, plumbers and electricians on staff and can advise you, so check out the gas works website for more information or give them a call, it’s better to be safe than sorry.