Issue 48 – April 2013
Energy Safety warns consumers to always employ a gasfitter to connect fixed gas appliances to pipework or flexible hoses, and ensure their gas installations are safe. The only connection that a consumer may legally make is to connect to an LPG cylinder using an appropriate fitting.
The warning follows an explosion and fire that occurred after a consumer had connected an LPG hose at a gas hob. Gas leaked from the connection point at the hob, accumulated in a cupboard, and was then ignited by the hob flame. The resulting explosion seriously injured two people who required hospital treatment for burns.
Summarised from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment's 'Energy Safety Business Update', April 2013.