Gas Awareness/Safety

Gas appliances offer instant heat, controllable cooking and manageable energy.

Like any fuel, it’s vital to understand how to use gas safely and what precautions to take to avoid any mishaps. At Jamisons, your safety is our top priority so we’ll always listen to your needs and make sure you’ve chosen the very best product.

To help you with your choices, we’ve put together this guide to gas awareness and safety and of course, we’re always happy to chat if you’ve any concerns not covered here.

What’s the difference between LPG and natural gas?

Both LPG and natural gas fuel household appliances but there are some key differences in how they’re used.

LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas)

LPG’s low carbon and highly efficient. You’ll find it used for gas appliances such as cookers, gas fires, bbqs and patio heaters. The most common form of LPG for domestic use is propane, which works well at lower temperatures, so it’s ideal for outdoor use.

Indoor appliances use butane, which is similar but needs a higher temperature to function. Both propane and butane are supplied in pressurised bottles.

Natural gas

Natural gas is used for cooking and heating your home. It’s supplied via a network of pipes called the National Grid. Each area has different suppliers, and you can find yours via a web search or by calling us on 028 9266 2044.

Any appliance that uses natural gas must be fitted by a GAS SAFE registered engineer.

Choosing the best gas appliance

Choosing any gas appliance needs careful consideration. Any indoor appliance must be in a suitably sized and ventilated room, and some gas fires require a flue. Outdoor appliances like BBQs and patio heaters need the correct type of gas to function safely, so make sure you have access to a suitable supply.

Before making any purchase, it’s worth talking to a specialist supplier.

Safety First

Our care doesn’t stop once you’ve made your purchase, if you’ve any concerns about your gas appliance, just get in touch.

To help keep you safe, we’ve put together a few safety tips.


  • Check the BBQ, gas bottle and hose before using
  • Gas bottles must be changed outdoors, away from any ignition source
  • Pets and children must be kept away from the cooking zone
  • Keep the bbq, bottle and hose clear of any fat deposits or residue
  • Always use the bbq on a level outdoor surface, never inside a tent or under a marquee

Portable Heaters

  • Heaters must be switched off when you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Never use aerosols near the heater
  • Be sure your heater is in a well-ventilated room. For correct room size and ventilation requirements always refer to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Check your heater regularly, especially the regulator hose and hose connectors
  • Nothing should be placed on or over the heater
  • If you need to move your heater, be sure it is switched off
Mini Radiant Heater
Montpellier Dual Fuel Range 900mm

Gas and Dual Fuel cookers

  • Always have any installation carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer or RGI registered installer.
  • Ensure your cooker is in a well-ventilated room and open the windows if you feel stuffy
  • If your cooker develops a fault, contact the manufacturer or supplier. Do not attempt to repair the cooker yourself.

*IMPORTANT* You can’t hear, small, see or taste carbon monoxide (CO). Early symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to many common conditions and can easily be confused. However, CO poisoning is extremely dangerous and life-threatening.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • headaches or dizziness
  • breathlessness
  • nausea
  • loss of consciousness
  • tiredness
  • pains in the chest or stomach
  • erratic behaviour
  • visual problems

The information above has been taken from the government health and safety website. To find out more visit https://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/co.htm . A carbon monoxide detector will protect you and your family against carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure you test yours regularly.


If you smell gas, leave your home and contact the gas emergency service on 0800 111 999.

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