electrical and gas safety

The Department for Energy and Mining continues to promote the safe and responsible use of electrical, gas and plumbing equipment in South Australia.

Being more aware of your environment, behaviours and product know-how ensures your safety in the home and community.

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Barbeque safety

A few simple safety checks means you can enjoy your barbecue safely. Follow these top five tips:

Barbeque safety

Tip 1: Check your LPG cylinder is in date and certified as safe to use.

Tip 2: Check the hose is not cracked, kinked, crushed or stretched before every use.

Tip 3: Use a soapy water solution to spray connection joints to ensure there are no leaks.

Tip 4: Clean drip trays and grills of grease and oil and ensure burners are not blocked.

Tip 5: When you've finished cooking, turn off your gas at the cylinder and then the BBQ.

Keep your outdoor gas appliances outdoors to avoid potential and harmful carbon monoxide poisoning.

Make sure your barbecue is safety certified for use in Australia.

Find more information and tips about barbeque safety on the SA.GOV.AU website

Buying electrical, gas and plumbing appliances online

Follow these top five tips to ensure the safety and certification of the products you are considering buying online:

Buy online appliances safely

Tip 1: Shop with a reputable Australian-based online seller.

Tip 2: Ask for the product's Australian safety approval.

Tip 3: Check that the safety certificate details match the product's markings and specifications.

Tip 4: Buying or using electrical, gas or plumbing appliances from overseas is not recommended.

Tip 5: Buy electrical, gas or plumbing appliances that have been safety tested and approved for use in Australia.

Find more information and tips on buying electrical and gas appliances on the SA.GOV.AU website

Use a licensed tradie

It is illegal to do your own electrical, gas and plumbing work. These top five tips give advice on how and when to use a licensed tradesperson:

Use a licensed tradie

Tip 1: Use a licensed tradie who holds an appropriate South Australian trade licence.

Tip 2: Get a certificate of compliance for all gas, electrical and plumbing work.

Tip 3: You can perform some tasks yourself - ensuring the work is safe - such as installing a television, connecting a gas cylinder or installing a garden watering system.

Tip 4: Stop using electrical appliances and call a licensed electrician if you see any damage and/or your circuit breaker keeps tripping.

Tip 5: Turn off your gas supply and call a licensed gas fitter if the gas appliance is burning incorrectly or you see damage to gas pipes.

Find more information on using licensed tradespeople on the SA.GOV.AU website

Hot water safety

Hot water scalding can happen when the temperature from a hot water tap is too high.

It can take just five seconds at 60ºC to burn an adult - and 1 second to burn a child - before third-degree burns occur. Follow these top five tips to keep you and your family safe:

Hot water safety

Tip 1: The maximum bathing temperature recommended for young children is 37ºC to 39ºC.

Tip 2: Hot water needs to be stored in a hot water system at 60ºC to prevent stagnation and bacteria growth.

Tip 3: Ensure you have a thermostatically controlled tap or a tempering valve installed.

Tip 4: All water temperature devices require regular maintenance and testing by a licensed plumber.

Tip 5: Over 90% of hot water accidents happen in the home, ensure you always run cold water first and never leave a child alone in the bathroom.

Find more information and tips on hot water safety on the SA.GOV.AU website

More electricity and gas safety information

Information on buying appliances, safety systems and other advice related to using electricity, gas and hot water safely, is available on the SA.GOV.AU website.