Appliances can pose safety risks when they malfunction or are used improperly. Follow these tips to keep your appliances running well.
Gas space heaters are a safe way to produce heat if they are used properly, installed by a qualified professional, and maintained well. Be sure to do the following:
- Have your gas heater and venting system professionally installed and inspected according to local codes.
- Do not reinstall used space heaters.
- Keep gasoline and other flammable liquids and combustible materials away from appliances and other sources of ignition.
- Make sure your water heater is set to a safe temperature.
- Check the water temperature before placing a child in the bathtub; never leave a child alone or with other young children in the bathtub.
- Be sure to have your water heater inspected by a plumbing or heating/cooling contractor.
Connectors should be inspected periodically by a qualified professional and replaced as needed. Keep the following in mind:
- Hard pipe connectors should be used on all stationary appliances (house heating boilers/furnaces and water heaters).
- Flexible gas pipe connectors should be used only on moveable appliances (ranges and dryers).
- No more than one flexible connector should be used per appliance. Multiple flexible connectors should never be piped together.
- No connector should exceed six feet (1829 mm) in length. Connectors should also never be concealed within, or extended through, walls, floors, partitions, ceilings, or appliance housings.
- Be sure to have a licensed professional install an AGA/CSA approved flex pipe connection (this approval should be indicated on the ring of the connector) to the manufacturer’s standards and per the demand for the appliance.
- Uncoated brass connectors are dangerous and unacceptable. If your appliance is more than 20 years old, there is a good chance that it has an uncoated brass connector. The only safe way to tell is to have a qualified contractor check it and replace any uncoated brass connectors.
- After disconnecting gas appliances, gas connectors should always be removed and the fuel line must be plugged and capped.
We recommend installing detectors to keep you safe. It's important to familize yourself with the different types of detectors available. Smoke alarms sense smoke, which indicates a fire. Carbon monoxide detectors sound when CO is present. Residential methane detectors(RMD) alert you of possible gas leaks by sounding when methane is in the air. In all cases, we recommend following the manufacturer's instructions for installion and proper placement.