Using gas at home? Follow your nose and keep it safe

Thursday 27 April 2017

Many Canberrans rely on natural gas in winter and it smells like rotten eggs for a critical reason, which is keeping families safe. 

As you start preparing your home for the colder months, it’s important to treat gas appliances with caution, whether that’s for heating the home, cooking or even using it for hot water.

ActewAGL Branch Manager Works Delivery Clinton McAlister said gas is naturally odourless, so a rotten egg smell is added to be easily recognisable if there is a leak.

“When using gas appliances, ensure they are certified for use in Australia and have them properly installed by a licensed gas fitter.

“If you’re at home and smell a rotten egg odour avoid using any source of ignition and if safe to do so turn off your gas supply, ventilate the area and move outside.

“Once you’re a safe distance away, call the gas emergencies and faults number on 13 19 09.

“We also need access to your gas meter, so keep obstructions like bins and plants clear at all times. This lets us safely restore services to you more quickly during unplanned outages.

“It is also important to avoid storing or using flammable chemicals near operating appliances and for your safety please don’t tamper with fittings like safety valves or gas hoses.”

For more information visit ActewAGL’s website

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