Operating natural gas appliances.
Most gas appliances have an ignition button. If you have to light an appliance with a match, light the match first, then turn on the gas. If the burner won’t light, turn off the gas and wait until the smell clears before trying again.
Correct flame colour for gas appliances:
- a well-adjusted natural gas flame burns blue. If the flame continuously burns yellow, the appliance should be serviced by a licensed gasfitter.
To avoid unsafe use of appliances, you should:
- always read the manufacturer’s instructions
- have your gas appliances regularly serviced by a licensed gasfitter.
Turning on your gas meters and lighting appliances.
Before turning on your gas meter, ensure that all appliance controls are turned off. After turning on your gas meter, light a burner on your gas cooker or turn on your heater and make sure that it stays alight for a few minutes. This is a good way to make sure there’s no air in your gas piping. Then light the other appliances by following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you’re unsure, call a licensed gasfitter or call the appliance manufacturer.
What’s the difference between natural gas and LP gas?
Natural gas is different from LP gas (a bottled or stored form of gas). Don’t confuse them – running an appliance on the wrong type of gas can be dangerous. Never connect LP gas to a natural gas appliance – unless it’s been converted for that purpose. A licensed gasfitter or the appliance manufacturer must carry out any conversion.