We all want to make sure we keep our kids safe around the home don’t we and keep our home safe from the kids too. There are a lot of different things around the home we can make safe, sharp edges, glass, plug sockets and appliances to name a few. But one of the main things for me to keep safe is gas appliances.
As I have no sense of smell, I would be completely unaware of a gas leak or any issues with my gas supply and appliances unless I could physically see it. This has led me to being that little bit extra cautious when it comes to using my gas cooker as I have been known to forget to turn the dial to off completely and being totally oblivious to the gas infiltrating my house.
There are always little things we can do around the home to make it that little bit safer for ourselves and and our family. At home I have a gas fire, gas cooker and gas boiler for the central heating.
Gas Safety for the Family: Gas Tips.
Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer. If you are moving home or getting a new appliance please don’t try to do it yourself. Always contact someone who can prove they are registered to fit and change over appliances. Or when buying a new appliance check to see if there is an optional extra to pay to have this done. Possible outcomes if you try to do this yourself? Did you see the Brookside episode when Ron tried to fit his own cooker and caused a massive explosion? Yeah maybe think twice about that one, somethings are best left to the experts.
Use a fire guard for gas fires with small children around. I have one of those old fashioned gas fires in my living room and they get so hot so fast. Despite there being a front grill there is still the space for little fingers to go probing around there or for things to get poked and shoved into the little gaps. Obviously we don’t want that happening so a fireguard is a must with little ones around.
Keep gas appliances clear. You know, of course you don’t want piles of stuff hanging around places where they could catch on fire obviously. Or leaving other smaller kitchen appliances on top of eye level grills on cookers whilst using said grill to make cheese on toast. No, uh-uh do not do it. Gas appliances need to be clear at all times but every one knows that don’t they!
Carbon Monoxide Monitor. I have 2. Everyone needs at least one in their home. You need to make sure it has an audible alarm to make you are aware instantly should there be any issues. It needs to mounted high on a wall and far enough away from appliances to make sure you are not getting a false reading ie do not place on the top of your kitchen units next to the gas cooker as my workmen did when refitting my kitchen a few years back! Nor do you want directly above a gas fire too. Also make sure there is one on each floor and think about placing it by a bedroom should anything go wrong in the night you will be alerted.
Keep loose clothing away from open flames. Always be aware of how close you or your kids are to gas fires and/or open flames and check on labels to make sure clothing, especially nightwear is non flammable if warming up in front of the fire for a cosy night in. Especially important if you are cooking with children on an open gas flame like my cooker. I make sure Olivia is always supervised and any loose clothing is removed
Always check smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and gas appliances regularly. Check your batteries haven’t run out by manually testing the alarm or by burning your dinner like me! Replace straight away to ensure they remain working at all times.
If you need anymore advice or tips on how to keep your home gas safe Flogas have some handy tips and advice. Keep an eye out for their ebook too, a must read for anyone using gas appliances I would think!
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