25 LPG Gas Heater Safety Tips
LPG gas heaters are a great way to heat your NZ home. Enjoy the safe use of your gas heater by following these simple gas heater safety tips:
1) Always read you gas heater owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper set-up and safe operation.
2) Fixed gas heaters and bayonets must be installed by licensed gas fitters in accordance with the local gas and electrical authority regulations. Gas heaters should not be built in unless designed for that purpose.
3) Choose a gas heater that is appropriately sized for the room. Please refer to manufacturer’s specifications prior to purchase or relocation of the heater.
4) Do not use the gas heater unless it has been certified for use by the AGA, SAI Global or other NZ recognised certification organisation. Look for the attached label or badge when you purchase the heater.
5) If equipped with a filter, the filter should be regularly cleaned during heating season to maintain proper air flow.
6) Keep children and pets away from gas heaters. A one metre “Kid Free Zone” is a good idea. Young children should always be supervised to ensure that they DO NOT play with the appliance.
7) Do not permit children to adjust the heater controls or move the heater.
8) Turn gas heaters off when unattended and when you go to bed.
9) Never sit on a gas heater.
10) Do not cover or place articles on or in a gas heater.
11) Keep gas heaters at least one metre away from all flammable objects including furniture, drapes, books and boxes. Windows covering that can be wind blown into the heater should be restrained.
12) Never use a gas heater to dry clothing, shoes or other articles.
13) Never place the gas heater where towels or other objects could fall on the heater and start a fire.
14) Gas heaters should only be used in rooms with adequate ventilation. Fixed ventilation must conform to local regulations.
15) Never use a portable gas heater in a bedroom, bathroom, toilet, sauna or a room used for sleeping. Certain flued heaters may be used in bedrooms but check the manufacturer’s specifications before such use.
16) Never use or store flammable liquids or aerosols near a gas heater.
17) Portable gas heater hoses & power cords cannot be extended through a doorway into an adjacent room
18) Do not operate a gas heater where painting is being done or has recently taken place.
19) Most manufacturers suggest periodic inspection and service of the appliance and installation. Two years is the most common recommendation. Please refer to your owner’s manual for more information.
20) Never attempt to disassemble or service the heater yourself. Always use a qualified technician.
21) In the event that the gas hose or electrical connection should become damaged or the heater malfunctions in any way, do not operate until it is fixed by a qualified service person.
22) If you have a flued gas heater:
¨ Be sure that you have it professionally installed by a gas fitter.
¨ Regularly check the flue for unobstructed venting.
¨ Be aware that insects, birds and animals can build nests in vent pipes.
¨ If you suspect a problem, call a qualified gas fitter.
23) 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. Extended exposure can be fatal.
24) Never use a gas oven to heat your home.
25) If you smell gas at any time in your home:
¨ No flames or sparks. Don’t operate light switches, appliances or telephones.
¨ Leave the area with the doors and windows left open.
¨ Shut off the gas at your gas bottle valve(s) by turning clockwise. Don't turn back on until it has been checked by a gas fitter.
¨ Report the leak to your gas supplier. If Elgas is your gas supplier you can call us on 0800 435 427 from a gas-free location.
¨ Do not return inside your home until the gas has had time to dissipate. DO NOT USE AN ELECTRIC FAN.
¨ Remember that LPG is heavier than air and can accumulate in low areas and basements.
¨ Get your system checked by your local gas fitter.