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'Hot tips' campaign for LPG cabinet heater safety

'Hot tips' campaign for LPG cabinet heater safety

The safe use of LPG cabinet heaters is the focus of this year’s LPG winter safety campaign Associate Energy Minister Harry Duynhoven said today.

“LPG cabinet heaters are used in hundreds of thousands of homes and provide an instant, efficient and safe form of heating, if they are used correctly and safely. But consumers need to remember that like with any energy source they need to use LPG wisely,” said Mr Duynhoven.

The 2006 ‘hot tips’ campaign builds on the work, from last winter, of the Energy Safety Service, the LPG Association and the Environmental Risk Management Authority who jointly ran an LPG winter safety campaign.

“I am pleased that they are again working together to bring important LPG safety messages to consumers,” said Mr Duynhoven.

This week almost half a million safety message ‘swing tags’ have been sent to over 550 LPG filling stations around New Zealand, so they can be attached to LPG cylinders when people have their cylinders refilled.

“Everyone who uses an LPG cabinet heater should take note of the campaign’s messages and take action on how to keep warm but safe,” said Mr Duynhoven.

Hot tips on staying safe with LPG cabinet heaters:

Test your connections
After securely connecting a new or refilled cylinder, apply soapy water to the cylinder connections and turn on the cylinder. If bubbles appear you have a leak. Close the valve and call an LPG service agent.

Safe Space
Always keep your heater at least 1 metre away from anything that could catch on fire. Put a safety guard around your heater if you have young children in your home.

Fresh Air
Keep a window open when you use your LPG heater, to help remove heater emissions, keep the air fresh and reduce condensation. Never use LPG heaters in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Use your nose
If you smell LPG, TURN OFF your heater and cylinder IMMEDIATELY. Call an LPG service agent.

Get a check up
Get your heater and cylinder checked before winter every year by an LPG service agent, this way you know they’re in a safe condition for winter.


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