Everyday we handle gas and/or electrical equipment, hence we need to have basic information on our safety. A simple mistake or error can cause a fire outbreak.

Safety rules while working with gas equipment

• Know the location of the gas switchoff valve on the piece of equipment you are working on.

• Gas valve can easily fail to work, so turn it off before starting any repair.

• Always know where the emergency gas shut-off is to the entire room and how to turn it off or on.

• If there is a gas leakage, turn the equipment off, wait for the gas smell to dissipate, then look and listen for the site of the leak.

• Never use a flame to check for leaks, but instead use a soap solution.

• Fix all gas leaks promptly, no matter small.

• Do not just turn off unused gas lines but instead, cap them.

• When changing gas controls, always check to ensure the control is for the type of gas that you are using i.e. natural gas or Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

Safety Rules While Using Electrical Equipment

• Always know where you can turn off the source of power quickly in case of a problem, whether it is at the plug, switch or circuit breaker.

• Never work on or use an electrical equipment if the surface of the floor is wet.

• If you must leave a piece of a non-functioning equipment, take precautions to ensure no one else will try to use it.

• Leave a big note taped to the front explaining the situation for example “Out of Order, ‘’to be fixed’’ e.t.c.

• When a piece of equipment is not permanently fixed, never let anyone use it until you are certain it is safe.

• When you have turned off a switch to work on a piece of equipment, always put a piece of tape across it so that no one turns it on accidentally.

• Further still, for technicians once the switch or circuit breaker is turned off, always test the equipment with a ‘tester’ to ensure that you turned off the correct switch and there are no other switches that need to be turned off.

• Always check the ‘tester’ to make sure it works by testing it in a live outlet that you know works.

• When doing a “jump” test: Turn off the source of power, place the ‘jump wires’ across the switch to be jumped, turn the power back on to observe the results, turn the power off, and remove the jump ‘wire’.

• Never call a job “done” until you have thoroughly tested it and are 100% sure it is safe and fully operational.