By now it is obvious that electricity prices are never going to decrease to what we have been used to for the last 20 years. Failure by various organisations to actively manage the performance of the grid and to accurately predict the future pressure on its output has lead to staggering increases. This has lead to an upward trend in using liquid petroleum or LP gas. LP gas is cheaper, more efficient and in some cases more environmentally friendly. It can however be very dangerous to use if not operated properly. The majority of us use gas in a ‘closed system’ – portable heaters and camping stoves are two common examples. Although dangerous to use, by virtue, if how commonly we use them and that the gas storage is localised, they are fairly safe. It is however, the open systems, like built in stoves and fridges that can be extremely dangerous if not installed correctly.
In 1997 an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 in respect of ‘The Vessels Under Pressure Regulations No.17468’ was passed. The regulation states that as from the 1st August 1997 it is a legal requirement that: “No person shall install a fixed appliance, equipment or system for gas LP Gas fuel, unless such a person is a holder of a certificate of registration”. It’s important to always check not only from a safety perspective, if your gas installer is properly licensed.