What steps have and should be taken to make natural gas as safe as possible?

  • In the pipeline an odorant is added to the gas with a rotten egg smell so that any leaks can be easily detected.

  • Homes that use natural gas should be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector.

  • Look for a blue flame – if the flame from the gas is burning yellow you need to get it checked out.

  • Have all your gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys, and gas lines checked by a fully qualified gas fitter every year to make sure everything is functioning correctly.

  • Don’t ever let small children play with or near natural gas appliances or pipes, even the knobs on the oven or cooktop.

  • Don’t move or install a gas appliance or change the connector in anyway without a qualified gas fitter.

Natural Gas

How can natural gas be used in commercial and residential applications?


Natural gas is used by around 260,000 homes across the North Island for cooking, space and central heating.

It is becoming popular for its instant heat while cooking and also continuous hot water. In commercial applications such as hotels, motels, restaurants, office buildings, small manufacturing enterprises, schools, and hospitals also use natural gas for cooking and water and space heating.

What are the advantages of natural gas?

More environmentally friendly than coal or oil – natural gas is composed of methane and produces very low carbon emissions, approximately 70% less carbon dioxide than other fuels.

Natural gas also burns cleaner – natural gas doesn’t leave behind smoke, ash or any smell.

Natural gas provides instant energy – natural gas is an instant and economic fuel for heating water and large areas as well as for cooking providing precise control and immediate results. This also provides efficiencies when cooking in the oven because there is no preheating required.

Precision in the kitchen – natural gas is the fuel of choice in professional and residential kitchens alike thanks to its reliability, precision and control. Only a gas flame allows for precise temperature control and infinite heat settings, going from cold to hot to cold again in an instant.

What are the disadvantages of natural gas?

Environmental impact – although natural gas burns extremely cleanly it is also a non renewable resource. Its use and availability is finite and many critics also say that natural gas extraction is leaving large craters within the earth. The pressure exerted by the gas helps support the layers of soil above. When the gas is removed the soil pressure increases and this can cause the ground to sink or collapse.

Combustible – while many people prefer gas for this very reason, gas is combustible and explosive and can be extremely dangerous if handled improperly. To reduce the risk of this it is important that your gas is installed and maintained by a fully qualified gas fitter.

Toxic if inhaled – natural gas is mostly made up of methane, which is an asphyxiant that can take away your supply of oxygen. When inhaled natural gas can lead to severe health complications or even death. To reduce the risk of this, it is important to get your gas installed and maintained by a fully qualified gas fitter.

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