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Published On: Tue, Feb 19th, 2019

How to Prevent Gas Leaks and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Smoke can be just as, if not more deadly than an actual fire since most doors and windows cannot contain it as it makes its way up stairwells and down elevator shafts. A gas leak is another problem that does the same thing. Prevent these invisible killers by doing the following the three critical steps to making sure your gas appliances do not become a source of gas leaks.  

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Proper setup

The first is making sure you set everything correctly, so hire a technician/engineer with the right credentials. There is a registry you can refer if you are a large institution like an office building or a school and they will help you identify any problem areas with your planned or initial set up. However, you should do your part as well.

Your rooms should be well-ventilated, especially if it houses your gas appliances. Make sure nothing blocks the air inlets, flues, and chimneys which can affect the ventilation of your room. A well-ventilated room can fight off the collection of gas or smoke so in case of a fire, you can have time to escape without inhaling too much of the fumes.

Routine maintenance

The second step is keeping everything well maintained. Your boiler must be checked at least once a year to make sure it is running correctly and well, and Boiler service covers the checkup of the controls, components, and gas pressure. It also includes tests to ensure that it’s gas safe along with routine cleaning, so don’t forget to check the pipes of the central heating unit and other space heating devices.

It is easy to forget about these systems the same way people underestimate the power of carbon monoxide poisoning because it’s not visible. It’s not like your television or computer whose screen glitches when there is something wrong – you may intend to have it checked, but soon forget when life becomes hectic. Even if it is working well, it could have underlying problems that can become irreparable in the future so err on the side of caution.

Immediate actions

Lastly, you should know what to do in case something does go wrong. When your appliances act out, stop using it and call in a professional to check if there is anything wrong; this also prevents fires since the leading causes are heating, cooking and electric appliances.

If you smell gas, turn off your gas line. Try to locate it the best you can while calling in the National Gas Emergency Service or your LPG supplier, as they can come in and help identify and isolate the leak. It is imperative that you do this especially when you are in an apartment, because when left alone it could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

The prevention process is not a one-time act. You can have a well-installed unit, but due to wear and tear or external reasons, you now have a health and safety risk. Do not brush these details off and protect the people around you by ensuring that gas leaks do not happen.

Author: Oliver Samson

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