Safety is our highest priority. Piped gas is safe and convenient for cooking and heating appliances when used but can be extremely dangerous when not maintained properly. Follow these safety tips to keep you and your family safe while using gas appliances.
What To Do If You Suspect A Gas Leak
If you suspect a gas leak in your home, refer to the following and remember to call the appropriate authorities.
- Shut off the gas meter control valve.
- Open all windows and doors for ventilation.
- Extinguish any open flames if any.
- Do not use any electrical switches.
- Do not try to detect gas leaks with matches or lighters.
- Do not use any electronics such as a smartphone near the areas with any gas leaks.
- Leave the premises if there is a strong smell of gas that persists for a long period of time. (smells similar to rotten eggs)
If there is a leak in the premises, immediately evacuate and call the emergency hotline at 1800-752-1800 to report it.
Engage a Licensed Gas Service Worker (LGSW) to Perform all Piped Gas Service Work
When doing gas related changes to your home, engage either a Licensed gas service worker or a Professional Engineer. In Singapore a licensed gas service worker will have a card license issued by the Energy Market Authority (EMA).
All piped gas appliances are required to be installed by a licensed gas service worker. The licensed gas service worker will issue a Certificate of Fitness that shows your gas appliances have been tested and is safe for your use.
These are some good practices you can check to ensure that your home is safe while using gas appliances.
- Do not leave any flammable objects such as newspapers or kitchen towels away from any gas appliances like your stove.
- Keep your windows open when cooking.
- Make sure that there are no popping sounds from the cooker when using it. Clean your stove often and keep it in working order.
- Never leave the fire unattended when cooking.
- Don’t allow pots on the stove to boil over and potentially damage the stove.
- Always purchase appliances with a SAFETY Mark
attached to the appliance/box
- Be careful when there is the smell of gas coming from any gas appliance.
- Keep the gas meter control valve easy to access and clear from obstruction.
- Turn your gas meter control valve to off when you are not using your gas appliances for long periods of time or if you are going to be away for a long holiday.
When renovating your home, it’s also very important to ensure your gas supply is properly cut off prior to starting the renovations.
You can do so by turning off any gas using appliances such as gas stoves or water heaters and check that the gas meter at the riser is not ticking.