The summer months have come and gone, but this doesn’t mean that danger is going into hibernation.
Gas Appliances & Cooking Equipment
Gas should be stored in bottles or cylinders and kept secure in a purpose-built boat gas locker. Ensure that your gas system is in good working order, air tight and free of leaks. If in doubt, contact an expert to inspect your system.
Gas appliances on your boat should be properly fitted and maintained. It is important that you choose the right gas heater, boiler, cooker, etc for your boat and then take the required measures to keep them safe for use. When using a gas oven, light the burners and check the flame is blue and regular. If the flame is yellow it could mean that the stove needs attention. Clean the hob burners and grill. Get a Gas Safe certified professional to service any gas appliances annually.
Check the door seals and the flue seals where the flue meets the chimney to make sure there are no gaps and no water leaking in down the flue which could cause corrosion. Clean around the firebrick lining and check it’s not excessively worn. Clean out the ash box. Check the stove for cracks or damage and check the area surrounding the stove for any signs of heat damage. Looking at the chimney from outside the boat, check the stove collar on the roof fits well and that the chimney is soot free.
Keep tuned for more in our series of safety tips to get you back in the water.
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