Thefts prompt reminder about gas safety

Energy Safety has become aware of instances where the theft of an externally-fitted gas appliance, or section of pipe is stolen from a completed installation, has resulted in an unsafe, or a potentially unsafe, situation.

These have usually involved instantaneous gas water heaters or copper pipe. These thefts have put people and buildings at risk from fire or explosion.

Gasfitters can make pipes and appliances less attractive to theft by using steel rather than copper pipe in exposed locations, and by placing appliances in locations that are not immediately accessible to the casual observer.

Reproduced from the Ministry of Economic Development 'Energy Safety' newsletter May 2010.

Published in energy.