Gas area heaters can no longer be sold in NSW
Gas appliances can assist all of us on a daily basis with cooking, space heating, camp lighting and BBQs, but their safety should never be taken for granted. Gas can be unforgiving when not used properly or in the wrong equipment.
Owners and occupiers of premises are required to:
Please include information on where, when and what happened, and provide contact details for Fair Trading to get back in touch with you. An accident can be reported to Fair Trading in the following manner.
Energy Utilities Unit
NSW Fair Trading
PO Box 972
PARRAMATTA NSW 2124
Phone: 13 32 20
These requirements are covered by the Gas Supply (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2012.
All gas appliances offered for sale must be:
When buying a gas appliance, ensure you ask the sales person to show you the approval label - see below for examples.
Gas appliances for sale without an attached recognised approval label could be considered unsafe. For your safety do not buy an unlabelled appliance.
Buyers should also be aware that overseas approvals of gas equipment are not recognised in Australia.
Any person who offers to supply or supplies a non-compliant or unapproved gas appliance risks a maximum penalty of $11,000 for a corporation or $2,750 for an individual.
Always treat any gas leak as a potential lethal risk.
If you smell gas in your property:
It is absolutely essential that consumers be aware of the safety issues surrounding all LP gas cylinders, including small cylinders.
LP gas is widely used for barbecues and camping. It is heavier than air, so it will accumulate in low areas rather than dissipate. It can generate an explosive mixture with air if the cylinder or attached equipment leaks.
Explosions and fires have occurred when cylinders of LP gas (propane and butane) or acetylene have been carried or left in closed vehicles, such as vans or cars.
Spark sources in a car’s electrical components such as remote locking systems, electric motors (starter motor, wipers, aerial), ignition systems, radios and sound systems, cigarette lighters, and possibly light switches can ignite the flammable gas mixture. Lighting a cigarette in a vehicle which is carrying flammable gas may also ignite the mixture.
Consumers must ensure that LP gas cylinders are transported in the upright position and are appropriately and firmly secured.
Refillable gas cylinders for use with appliances such as barbeques and gas heaters must only be filled if they have a current, legible test mark of a certified gas cylinder test station which is not more than 10 years old.
Gas cylinder filling stations must only fill gas cylinders that have a current (not more than 10 years old), legible test mark from a certified gas cylinder test station. If a gas filling station, as part of a cylinder exchange, accepts any cylinder that is not appropriately marked, they will have to either:
Before purchasing a new or used refillable LP gas cylinder, ask the retailer to show you the current (not more than 10 years old), legible test mark and ensure they confirm for you that the cylinder can be legally filled in NSW.
If there is no current legible test mark, the cylinder may not be safe to fill and without the test mark cannot be legally filled in NSW.
If you decide to purchase a cylinder without a current, legible test mark, the cylinder will need to be inspected by a certified gas cylinder test station and stamped with a test mark prior to filling. The test station may charge a fee for inspection and stamping.
For further information contact your gas retailer or your local plumber or NSW Fair Trading.
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