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10 of the best safety practices when dealing with natural gas tools

Becci Harris

by Becci Harris

Posted in News on May 12, 2017

Whether you’re boiling water, drying clothing, cooking on a stove or warming up your household, natural gas tools are a reliable, low-cost and logical way to meet your daily energy requirements. Natural gas is commonly recognised as one of the most secure and genuine kinds of energy accessible but are you using it in a safe and secure manner?

It’s crucial to follow fundamental safety practices and regulations to help keep you and your household risk-free as with any other household tool. Here are some of them below:

1. Along with inspecting radiators, clothing dryers, and stove tops at least every two years, you should get a Gas Safe engineer to complete a gas safety check of your natural gas boilers, furnaces and capacity heaters examined every year.

2. Make sure all tools are clean and preserved to stop any fire risks. In the event of a fire, make sure you keep a fire extinguisher in an appropriate place and ensure that all tools are clean and preserved to stop any of these fire risks.

3. If you own a natural gas BBQ grill, keep it at least 3 yards away from your home, wooden fences or any other inflammable items. At no time use your natural gas BBQ grill inside your house, garage or confined porch.

4. If your boiler fire extinguishes, directly turn off the stove handle, wait for the gas to diffuse and then revive the boiler.

5. If a gas leak occurs, you will begin to get a whiff of a powerful smell, similar to that of fermented eggs. If you begin to smell this odour, do not use the tool and get in touch with a professional Gas Safe engineer to examine it. To avoid this issue, perform a gas safety check to ensure that all of your gas tools are running efficiently, with perfect ventilation, no piercings and an adequate amount of clear air to function securely.

6. At no time try to fix or move gas tools on your own. Alternatively, get in touch with a skilled engineer to make sure that the vent piping is intact and attached firmly.

7. A full yellow flame could mean that your tools aren't working how they should be. A little amount of yellow is fine but you should consistently see a blue flame. When gas tools have a constant blue flame, they are working perfectly so be sure to look out for that.

8. Dryers can become congested with dirt which causes the tool to get too hot and increases the possibility of the machine catching fire. Make sure that you clean any dirt from your clothing dryer’s vent and exhaust tubes to stop it clogging up.

9. Using gas stoves or ovens for anything more than cooking can produce carbon monoxide to gather in your household so be sure to never use them for additional space warmth.

10. When dealing with gas tools, ensure that you consistently keep writing paper, blinds, clothes, decorations, cleansing solutions, and additional inflammable items out of harm’s way.

At Harris Heating, we will provide you with a Gas Safe engineer to keep you safe from dangerous gas leaks as well as maintain or replace household gas appliances to keep you warm throughout the year. If you’re interested in our services, you can request a free quote here.