Authorised Financial Services Provider No. 14000

Authorised FSP No. 14000

ZULULAND INSURANCE BROKERS (PTY) LTD

RISK MITIGATION TIPS SERIES - GAS SAFETY AT HOME

brought to you By Santam Insurance Company


HERE’S WHAT CLIENTS NEED TO KNOW

With most South African consumers still checking their load-shedding schedules, the use of gas appliances has increased quite a bit over the past few months. Whether you’re considering buying a gas stove or have already purchased a gas heater to ward off the winter chill, there are a number of safety considerations you need to take into account when you have your gas appliances installed.


Although gas is safe to use if installed in accordance with regulations, the most common types of hazards associated with the use of it include explosions and fire. There are a number of guidelines to take into consideration where the installation of gas is concerned. The following top three tips regarding installation can be found in the South African National Standards (SANS) guide under gas installation regulations:


  • Gas bottles may not be installed less than 1 meter sideways from doors and windows.
  • All copper pipes going through a wall must be sleeved.
  • Your gas installation must be accompanied by a certificate of conformity for gas appliances.


Santam’s underwriting team furthermore provides the following  advice for homeowners with regard to gas safety:

  • Gas equipment/systems must be installed in accordance with SABS requirements (SANS087).
  • When a property where a gas appliance is installed, is sold, a certificate of conformity must be obtained for the gas system, and it must be provided to the purchaser.
  • Only gas bottles containing less than 19kg of gas may be stored inside a building.
  • When gas stoves are in use, ensure sufficient ventilation, do not open the gas flame too high and make sure the gas is turned off properly after use.


Reasons to insure with Santam

Santam is South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, insuring risks of over R4 trillion. Over the past five years Santam has paid R101 billion in gross claims. We also offer the following cover and benefits:

  • Comprehensive cover for your household contents in the event of fire or water damage
  • Standard excess for vehicles and buildings
  • Six free SOS services to all Personal Lines clients.