Green thumbs and home landscapers, take care when you're at work in the garden. Sometimes a project involving only a little bit of digging can cause some big problems if you break open an underground gas pipeline.
Visit Dial Before You Dig online to ensure you have the right information before you go ahead.
As we go about our day-to-day lives, it's easy to forget just how complicated energy is. Because of that, it always pays to give a little bit of thought to ensuring a safe environment when you're dealing with gas.
General Safety Advice
- Always ensure that any maintenance is carried out by a licenced gasfitter.
- Keep washcloths, tea towels and oven mitts far away from any exposed gas burners on your stovetop.
- Clean any gas-powered cookers regularly. Not only is a build up of fat dangerous, but it may reduce the efficiency of the appliance and result in higher usage charges.
- If you're caring for an elderly or impaired person, consider home gas safety devices such as gas alarms, detectors and/or shut off devices.
- If you're buying any second-hand appliances always look for an approval badge, number or other identifier that confirms the item complies with the Australian safety standards.
Gas leaks are one of the most common safety issue related to homes and businesses. If you have reason to suspect a gas leak, the first thing you should do is call 000. In the meantime, give some thought to these points:
- Turn off your gas at the meter if you have access and it's safe to do so.
- Do not unplug or flip the switch on any electrical appliances - you need to avoid anything that can cause a spark
- It should go without being said, but do not smoke anywhere near the area of a suspected leak.
- Extinguish any open flames
- Open windows and doors to encourage air circulation, only if it's safe to do so. If you suspect a significant leak has occured, the best thing to do is to get away from the area as quickly as possible.
For more information, please feel free to visit the State Government's Energy Safe Victoria website.
Your local distributor will be able to help out as well. You can find your local gas distributors’ details here.