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Safety warning for gas appliances damaged by Cyclone Jasper

15 December 2023

Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) has issued an urgent warning to businesses and homeowners following Cyclone Jasper.

Heavy rain, strong winds and flooding may have affected gas devices and system in homes and businesses.

RSHQ's Chief Inspector of Petroleum and Gas Bill Date said gas equipment that's been damaged by winds or immersed in water can be deadly.

"Appliances shouldn't be used until they've been checked for safe and correct operation," said Mr Date.

"When gas appliances are damaged, it can lead to explosions.

"When there's water laying in a pipe that can also lead to combustion and produce large quantities of carbon-monoxide which is incredibly dangerous."

RSHQ is urging Queenslanders to contact their gas supplier if any gas meters, regulators or LP gas cylinders have been damaged or dislodged by Cyclone Jasper.

All gas systems damaged by the cyclone should only be checked by a licenced gas fitter before gas can be restored safely.

"We know it's a stressful time for many people, but please don't cut corners and DIY gas work," said Mr Date.

"It's not worth risking your own life, or the lives of those around you."

In some instances, during a power outage from a cyclone or flood, Queenslanders may need to use portable gas equipment for cooking.

Tips for using portable gas equipment safely in a flood:

  • Follow the approved instructions.
  • Always use it outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
  • Check connections with soapy water to ensure there are no leaks by looking for gas bubbles.
  • Turn off your device and your gas cylinder when not in use.

For more tips, visit RSHQ's website.


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Amy McCann

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Last updated: 15 Dec 2023