WorkSafe New Zealand completes important part of Northwood gas explosion investigation

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WorkSafe New Zealand has completed a crucial part of the investigation into the Northwood gas explosion, assuring residents in the area that they can continue using reticulated gas safely.

Last month, a giant explosion happened in suburban Christchurch and injured several people.

Nearby houses were evacuated after the explosion caused debris to rain down across the neighbourhood. Fire and Emergency New Zealand said the explosion came from the reticulated gas supply.

“We now know that there was no issue with gas reticulation in the area that led to the explosion,” said Mark Wogan, Manager of Energy Safety at WorkSafe.

“We are continuing our investigation alongside Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Police and if, during that process, we identify any issue that we believe the public needs to know, we will make that information available.

Mr. Wogan reiterated important advice for gas users:

  1. Ensure any gas fitting is conducted by a licensed gasfitter and ask to see their practicing license ID card.
  2. Get your gas appliances regularly serviced
  3. Gas appliances must be properly ventilated
  4. Get your LPG cabinet heater and cylinder checked every year by a licensed gasfitter
  5. Check before you dig.

People are advised to contact a licensed gasfitter if the following danger signs are observed:

  • You can smell gas
  • The flame burns yellow instead of blue, which could be a sign that the appliance is not operating properly.

More information is available on Gas Safety.

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