The increasing cost of electricity and the frustration around load shedding has resulted in a growth in popularity among many South African homeowners to utilize gas installations in their homes. If you are considering gas as a viable alternative to electricity, remember that a gas compliance certificate must be issued by your gas fitter, after any work on the gas systems in your home or business, has been carried out.
A gas compliance certificate is valid for 5 years. It may sound like a complex document, but it is merely a certificate that states that the installation has been properly inspected and is determined to be safe. Be sure to receive this certificate by an authorized person who is registered with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGAS).
The types of gas installations that require this certificate are gas fires or braais, gas stoves and ovens, as well as hot water systems. It is vital for all homeowners to realize that compliance is not just essential for their insurance policy to remain valid, but even more importantly, to ensure that the installation is safe and that no one is put at risk. If a gas appliance has been incorrectly installed and results in a gas leak it could have major health implications for a family, not to mention the danger of an explosion.
LPGAS provides the following useful tips regarding gas safety:
- Always use a registered installer
- Always use a qualified gas dealer
- Always use a verified and tested gas product
- Always check whether the seal on a cylinder matches the brand of the cylinder
- Always check gas appliances before use
Contact your APBCO broker to provide you with the correct information and advice with regards to your Insurer’s compliance requirements .