Gas is used in homes for cooking, water heating, and space heating.
Types of Gas Used in Australian Homes
Australian homes use one of these three types of gases:
It is made from Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and contains methane, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. It is lighter than air, although the carbon monoxide content makes it quite toxic.
This has replaced town gas in most cities. It is made up of methane and carbon dioxide. It is also lighter than air, and it is non-toxic. This gas, however, can cause explosions and asphyxiation.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
This gas contains propane and butane. It is non-toxic, but is heavier than air. The composition of LPG is different in some areas in Australia, due to the extreme difference in temperatures we experience in this country.
What to Do When You Suspect a Gas Leak in Your Home?
The greatest danger from gas arises when it reaches a certain concentration in the air and becomes explosive. If you smell gas inside your home, remember to do the following:
- Leave the house
- Turn off your gas supply at the meter.
- Turn off the electricity at the meter.
- Call your gas company immediately.
Do not look for the gas leak yourself. Do not operate any electrical equipment when you suspect that there is a gas leak. Avoid using a telephone, mobile phone, or a flashlight near the house to avoid causing a spark that can start a gas fire. Lastly, do not smoke or light matches while inside the property. A gas leak, if left unattended, can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, fires, and explosions.
What Causes a Gas Leak?
A gas leak in a home is usually the result of poorly fitted, ill maintained, or faulty gas appliances. Have your gas appliances fitted and regularly maintained by professionals to ensure their safety. Prevention is the best defence against gas leaks. Best to always start with your appliances that use gas.
Call Green Planet Plumbing for Your Gas Repairs and Maintenance
Our team is composed of licensed, professional, plumbers and gas fitters. We can do maintenance of your gas appliances, and the gas pipes from the gas meter to your home appliances. Maintenance and prevention are the best defences against gas leaks, and they should be performed by licensed gas fitters only. In the event that you are concerned about the gas in your home, give us a call immediately at 0414 185 822.