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Gas cookers and water heaters

  • Remember gas and air form an explosive mixture - always be ready to light the burner before you turn on the gas. If the pilot light does not ignite the burner at once, turn off the gas and check that the pilot is alight.
  • All gas heaters should have a guard on them.

If you smell gas

  • Put out cigarettes.
  • Do not use matches or naked flames.
  • Do not operate electrical switches - either on or off.
  • Open doors and window to ventilate the area.
  • Check to see if a gas tap has been left on accidentally or if a pilot light has gone out. If not, there is probably a gas leak and you should turn off the supply at the meter and call the gas service.
  • Don't take chances, at home or in the street. If you suspect a gas leak contact a licensed plumber or gasfitter (look under 'Gas' in your phone book).

Gas in cylinders

  • Change gas cylinders in the open air wherever possible, and always with the tap turned off.
  • Always replace the cap on the cylinder valve when the cylinder is empty or not in use.
  • Keep spare cylinders outside but protected against frost.
  • Ensure that the flexible hose on your cylinder is suitable for gas and conforms with national standards.