Gas (natural and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)) is colourless and odourless in its natural state. However, a chemical is added to give it a distinctive odour, similar to that of rotten eggs. This makes it easier for you to detect a gas leak and react immediately.
Whilst gas is not poisonous or toxic, leaking gas in an enclosed area cause nausea and dizziness due to the lack of oxygen.
What to do when you smell gas
- turn off all pilot lights and appliances
- ventilate the area by opening all windows and doors
- leave the building or area and call Fire and Emergency Services on 000
- if it is safe to do so, turn off the gas at the cylinder or meter
- contact your gas supplier on their emergency number
- do not enter the gas affected area.
All gasfitting work needs to be done by a licensed gas fitter. Gasfitting work includes:
- fitting gas systems to a home or business
- installing or changing gas stoves or cooktops
- fitting appropriate gas system for use at a market stall, sporting or major event
- fitting gas systems on caravans, recreational vehicles and boats
- maintaining gas appliances.
A licensed gas fitter will ensure that new or replacement appliances are connected, tested and in safe working order. The gasfitter will ensure that there is correct aeration for the appliance and adequate ventilation to disperse the burnt gases.
Gas compliance certificate and plate
The gasfitter should provide you with a certificate of compliance once the gasfitting work is completed. The certificate is your guarantee that the work is compliant with the Dangerous Goods Regulations and the relevant standards.
If the gasfitting work involved work on a fuel gas system, the gasfitting should fix a compliance plate next to the installation.
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