Winter is well and truly upon us, and how good is it to enjoy a beautiful warm home with the family or perhaps a good book and a hot beverage?
However, it seems many homeowners do not realise the danger that gas heaters can pose if not handled correctly. To plainly state it, gas heaters can cause a fire as well as gas poisoning, two threats that are not to be taken lightly!
So how do you ensure that your gas heater is entirely safe to use? And what can you do to prevent any accidents? In this article, we provide some useful gas heater safety tips!
Legitimate gas heaters should be certified by the Australian Gas Association and contain plates that display the emission standards. Ensure that you have a certified product in your home.
Service Your Heater
For safety’s sake, your gas heater should be serviced by a professional annually, or at the very least every two years. It’s essential to keep track of all previous services so that you know when the next service should take place. Wild Water Plumbing is servicing a growing number of gas heaters each year. We are happy to add you to our list to ensure you and your family are kept safe.
Call in The Plumber
Next time you have the plumber in your home, such as Wild Water Plumbing, ask us to perform maintenance on all your plumbing lines in your home to ensure that there are no leaks or blockages on any piping or gas appliances. Maintenance on your plumbing lines could prevent a highly dangerous situation, so the importance of this task cannot be stressed enough.
Keep Gas Heaters Away From Clothes And Furniture
It may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s surprising how often this is overlooked. It is best not to have any clothes or furniture, making any contact with your gas appliance as the heater needs ventilation to function correctly. Ensure that your heater is in a safe, upright position where it cannot be easily knocked over.
Clean Your Heater
A clean heater is a functioning heater! When the gas heater is off, use soap and water to get rid of dust and grime and stop it from overheating and creating blockages. It seems most of the problems associated with non-functioning heaters are caused by a build-up of dirt and grime.
Educate Your Household
For comprehensive heater safety, ensure that you educate your household about how to use the gas heater in your home safely. Little ones need to know the danger of touching gas heaters, and everyone should be mindful about the risks associated with heating in the winter months.
If you have any questions about how our plumbing services could assure the safety of your family while using gas heaters and appliances, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lucas from Wild Water Plumbing on 0405 692 151.