Complying with Australian Standards when it comes to providing a bayonet fitting to your customers home.
I quite often receive phone calls from customers either looking to convert an existing gas point in there living room that feeds a room heater to a bayonet fitting or customers who wish to extend there existing gas main into there living room for the installation of a bayonet fitting. Ok so far so good right? Yes not a problem at all I agree, BUT as a licensed gas fitter in Adelaide I know the intention of what this bayonet fitting is being supplied for and its not to hang coats on or rest a book up against, its for the future installation of a portable gas room heater and is therefore my duty as a gas fitter to ensure that when I leave the property a few things have been performed.
Adequate room ventilation from the outside of the house (atmosphere) both at low level and high level has been provided (extremely crucial). It is very important to note such information about all of this is written clearly on the Certificate of Compliance, things such as the position of the air vents, the current size of the room and the exact location of the bayonet fitting, by doing this you are completely covering yourself from future liabilities after you have left the property.
In most installations that I have been to the appliance that is going to be used is not on site at this stage but is being collected shortly, so it is vital to write all the information about your installation down on a COC.
As you may or may not be aware of portable gas appliances burn off the air from the room and also emit back into the room so it Crucial that free air from outside is readily available other wise carbon monoxide poisoning can occur and lead to the loss of life. It is amazing though on this note how many people will still try and coach me into just providing a bayonet fitting and they promise to put the vents in later themselves or something similar, wow really would you seriously risk your life or that of some one elses? I certainly will never and that is why I have taken the time this week to post about the serious nature of having a bayonet fitting installed which complies with Australian Standards by a licensed gas fitter.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.