Gas safety and your bushfire plan
As Victoria’s energy safety regulator, ESV works closely with the State’s Major Electricity Companies (MECs) to ensure bushfire mitigation activities are adopted and continually observed by these organisations.
Additionally, a key aspect of our role is to raise public awareness and deliver information to help improve gas and electrical safety by consumers and the broader public. Below we provide some gas safety tips that should be included within your bushfire plan.
Prepare gas cylinders for bushfire
- Turn LPG cylinders off (clockwise) at the valve on top of the cylinder
- Leave LPG cylinders where they are installed
- LPG cylinders should be in an upright position – never lie them down
- Ensure LPG cylinders cannot fall over – secure to a solid structure and sit on a solid base
- Place LPG cylinders attached to wooden framed barbecues on a solid base
- Face LPG cylinder safety valves away from combustible building materials to reduce damage caused by over-pressurised cylinders venting at the building
- Remove gas bottles or cylinders stored indoors or underneath the property.
Gas cylinder safety
- Do not place LPG cylinders inside a house or structure – they may become a hazard to persons fighting the fire
- Do not cover LPG cylinders with wet material to keep cool as it may dry out and become combustible and heat the cylinder further
- Heat damaged cylinders should be checked by a registered gas professional
- Do not transport a gas cylinder that has been subjected to fire or severe heat – ask your LPG supplier to collect it.
Natural gas is available in many areas that are subject to bushfire threat around Victoria.
Always turn off the gas supply at the meter when leaving your property or in your preparations to defend it.
If your property has been affected by fire, the installation must be checked by a licensed gasfitter before turning the gas supply back on. Damage to components may not be visible or obvious.
If you have any queries in relation to gas safety and bushfires or our public awareness campaigns, please contact ESV on 03 9203 9700 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.