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Master Plumbers have partnered with The Chase and Tyler Foundation to promote consumer awareness around the safe installation and servicing of gas appliances.
Master Plumbers’ CEO Peter Daly joined Vanessa Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of The Chase and Tyler Foundation at an industry event in Geelong on Monday to announce the collaboration.
“We are both committed to ensuring quality outcomes when it comes to gas appliance installation and servicing, and it is important that consumers can have peace of mind when engaging gasfitters to do this work.” said Mr Daly of the partnership.
“A properly serviced gas appliance will continue to run efficiently and safely for many years but there are many common types of heaters, those with ‘open’ or natural draught flues, that require adequate ventilation to allow them to operate safely and efficiently.
“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers from deadly CO spillage from gas appliances in certain situations but the key to avoiding these risks is the regular servicing of these appliances, particularly heaters, by properly licensed and qualified gasfitters.”
In addition to promoting the importance of regular servicing for gas appliances, the program also serves to educate other trades, such as electricians, and the wider community about how changes to the environment in which the appliance operates can affect its ability to operate in a safe manner.
Upon completion of the installation of a new open-flued appliance or servicing of an existing unit, Master Plumbers’ members will be able to place a warning sticker inside the electrical meter box of the property to alert other trades and the homeowners to future works that may affect the environment inside the home, such as the addition or replacement of extraction fans.
With winter upon us, it’s important for the community to ensure that they have all gas appliances in their homes serviced prior to operation and engage a qualified gas service person to service any appliance if and when required.
A plumber that engages to carry out this work should be able to provide evidence that they hold the required ‘Gas Servicing - Type A appliances’ licence and provide a signed service report detailing what work has been carried out.
All are encouraged to contact the Master Plumbers Association with any concerns or to find a qualified gas service technician in your area.