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Renovating a home is a big investment - emotionally and financially. While renovations can be an exciting process, there are important, non-negotiable regulations that homeowners must adhere to. 

Firstly, every homeowner must be in possession of a Gas Certificate of Compliance if they have gas equipment installed in their home. 

Also, homeowners must adhere to the The South African Qualification & Certification Committee (SAQCC) regulations which in summary are:

 

De-Installation of a gas appliance
If your gas appliance is to be relocated to a new position in your room or home, then this must be handled by a Gas Inspector/Installer - who must be registered with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGAS).

 

Re-Installation of a gas appliance
When re-installing a gas appliance in its new position, this too must be actioned only by a registered gas installer. 

Gas Certificate of Compliance (COC)
Before using this re-installed gas appliance, a new inspection of this installation must be carried out by a registered gas installer/inspector and a new Gas Certificate of Compliance must be issued indicating that the installation:

  • has been properly inspected 
  • is determined to be safe
  • is determined to be leak free
  • is in proper working order.

It is recommended that, for your own peace of mind, you have a gas inspection done and get an updated Gas Certificate of Compliance -  even if your appliance has not been relocated -  to be assured that the gas installation is still safe and in good working order and has not been inadvertently damaged by your renovation.

For more information on the South African Qualification & Certification Committee (SAQCC) gas regulations, follow this link: https://saqccgas.co.za/legislation/regulations/

 

Considerations when planning your renovation

Checking Insurance cover
The importance of this is often overlooked but building sites can be dangerous where accidents can occur at any moment. Prior to any construction work:

  1. Inform your insurer that you are undertaking a renovation project.
  2. Ensure that your home insurance policy will cover any unforeseen events.
  3. Check if your building contractor has insurance coverage for himself and his labour force.

Your insurer will most likely request a copy of your new Gas Certificate of Compliance.

Finding a Registered Gas Inspector/Installer
To avoid any renovation project delays:

  1. Ensure that you have made prior arrangements for a gas installer/inspector to be available when you need to de-install, and then re-install, your gas appliance. 
  2. Organise a gas inspector to carry out the gas inspection and issue a gas compliance certificate prior to using this newly re-installed gas appliance.

 

Adhering to Gas safety regulations
Ensure that, when identifying a temporary location for your gas bottles whilst renovating, you adhere to these gas safety regulations:

Gas bottles may not be installed:

  • Less than 1 metre sideways from doors and windows
  • Less than 2 metres from drains and air vents
  • Less than 3 metres below windows (unless a non-combustible roof is installed)
  • Less than 1 metre from the property boundary wall (unless it is a fire wall)
  • Less than 5 metres sideways away from a switchable electric point or plug switch
  • Light bulbs cannot be less than 1.5 metres above a gas bottle.

 

Renovating can be fun but it can be hazardous. So protect yourself and your family, be compliant and adhere to all insurance, gas and gas safety regulations.

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Have you, like many home-owners, installed gas appliances in your home?  However, are you aware that there are specific regulations that you must comply with - like a Gas Certificate of Compliance which is also required by your insurer to ensure that your insurance policy remains valid.

Both the buyer and seller of a property need to be aware of, and conform to, these regulations.

What is a Gas Certificate Of Compliance/Certificate of Conformity (COC)

In terms of Regulation 17(3) of the Pressure Equipment Regulations to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, any person owning a property which has a gas appliance installed, must obtain a Certificate of Compliance (COC). The COC states that the installation:

  • has been properly inspected 
  • is determined to be safe
  • is determined to be leak free
  • is in proper working order

What does the COC cover
The COC is limited to gas installations which include gas fires, braais, stoves and ovens, and gas geysers. 

What does the COC not cover

The COC does not cover

  • Actual gas appliances such as stove, heater, braai, hob, geyser etc.
  • Any portable, temporary gas appliances, such as portable braais, patio heaters or internal heaters. These are not classed as permanent fixtures and will be relocated with the seller.

 

How to become compliant

Engage the services of a Gas Inspector - who MUST be registered with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGAS) - to carry out the inspection of your gas installation. 

Whilst the gas inspector will advise you upfront what his inspection fee is, the total cost of a Gas Compliance Certificate can only be determined when the Gas Inspection has been completed in case any remedial work is required. The gas inspector will advise further on what work is needed and his costs for this.

If your gas installation is compliant and NO remedial work is needed, a new gas certificate should be issued to you at no additional charge over and above the initial gas inspection fee.

A copy of this Gas Certificate Of Compliance must also be given by the seller to the purchaser. 

 

What is checked during a Gas Inspection?
Regulations for gas installations are:

Gas bottles may not be installed:

  • Less than 1 metre sideways from doors and windows
  • Less than 2 metres from drains and air vents
  • Less than 3 metres below windows (unless a non-combustible roof is installed)
  • Less than 1 metre from the property boundary wall (unless it is a fire wall)
  • Less than 5 metres sideways away from a switchable electric point or plug switch
  • Light bulbs cannot be less than 1.5 metres above a gas bottle

 

Other installation rules:

  • Only SABS approved equipment may be used
  • Only class 1 or 2 copper pipes, or other approved gas piping, may be used 
  • Copper pipes must be sleeved if going through a wall 
  • Approved flexible gas hose may not be more than two metres long and may not go through any partition (including wood, dry wall, cupboard wall etc)

 

What is the validity of the Gas Certificate
There is no regulation regarding how long a gas compliance certificate is valid for. 

 

Selling your home? 
It is very important for homeowners to know that, if they wish to sell their home and they have a gas appliance installed, they are required to obtain an up-to-date gas certificate. Without this, the sale of the property will NOT be able to be finalised - it is needed for transfer of ownership and banks will not pay out the buyer’s bond.

It is the responsibility of every homeowner to ensure that they are in possession of a Gas Certificate of Compliance if they have a gas installation in their home and to advise their insurers of this to ensure that their home-owner’s policy remains valid.

As a homeowner with a gas installation, have a registered gas installer perform regular service checks to ensure your gas installation is in good working condition and that your home and family will be safe from any gas-related mishaps.

 

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After a cold winter, it’s time for South African families to open up the doors and head outside to bask in our welcome spring sunshine. And, what better way to spend family time together than over a delicious braai out on the patio!. With your gas braai ready, enjoy spring South African style.

 

Menu

When planning your braai menu, be sure to include our delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables for a fresh taste. These are: 

Spring Fruits

Apples, Apricots,Bananas, Berries, Blueberries, Cherries, Dates, Gooseberries, Grapes, Grapefruits, Kiwifruits, Papayas, Peaches, Plums, Strawberries, Watermelon.

Spring Vegetables

Artichokes,  Asparagus, Aubergines, Avocados, Baby marrows, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Leeks, Mange tout, Marrows, Mealies, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Peppers, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress.

Don’t just throw something yummy on the braai, surprise your family with something different. Try these 2 innovative recipes which include our seasonal fruits and veggies.

Braaied leg of lamb with chimichurri sauce, pomegranates and cauliflower and zucchini puree.

Succulent leg of lamb cooked on the braai and served with a tantalising Argentinean topping.

https://www.food24.com/recipe/braai-leg-of-lamb-with-chimichurri-sauce-pomegranates-and-cauliflower-and-zucchini-puree/

 

Doughnuts with lemon curd, Mascarpone and mixed berries

Dessert made on a braai? Really? Here’s one to tempt the family!

https://www.food24.com/recipe/doughnuts-with-lemon-curd-mascarpone-and-mixed-berries/

 

Get Your Patio Ready

  • Dust off your patio furniture and arrange this snugly and companionly.
  • Decorate your buffet table attractively and set it in readiness with your drinks and for your tasty gas braai meal.
  • Arrange loungers in a quiet spot for those needing a post-lunch snooze.

 

Brighten Up Your Space

  • Add pops of colour and interest with bright floor rugs, plump cushions and plush, inviting throws on your comfy patio furniture. 
  • Accessorise with a stunning vase of cut or bought flowers and other striking ornaments.
  • Have soft warm blankets nearby as September can have spells of chilly winds so it’s best to be prepared. Don’t let a little chill or wind spoil your patio gas braai.

 

Add Greenery 

  • Water lightly and freshen up the plants in the mounted planters on the wall.
  • Adding a houseplant in a pretty pot, or two, will bring life and texture to your space.
  • Manoeuvre any colourful containers strategically for increased visible colour and texture.

 

Kids’ Stuff

To entice the kids away from their gadgets, display interesting books, board games and crafting items and encourage them out into the spring sunshine to play or to romp with the family and dog in the garden or in the pool. 

 

It’s all organised - your patio is spring braai ready!  Now relax with a delicious drink while the gas braai is cooking and its tempting aromas waft over you. 

Enjoy your appetising meal, have a great time with your family on the patio - that’s the perfect way for South Africans to spend a spring Sunday!

Gas braais are great! They’re quick – just push the button to ignite – and easy to clean. But keep your family and home safe and always remember to apply gas safety measures.

 

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The warm, sunny days of spring are always an invitation for South Africans to spend time out on the patio braaing. So, with spring here, get your gas braai ready and try these inspiring recipes for a delicious braai meal with a difference.

 

Lamb Loin Chops With Mint Salsa Verde

Tasty lamb chops with a topping of herbs and citrus. 

 

Preparation = 30 mins, Cooking = 15 mins

Ingredients (for the Rub)

1 Tbsp (15 ml) freshly ground pepper

1 Tbsp (15 ml) sea salt

2 tsp (10 ml) cumin

1 tsp (5 ml) paprika

½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground garlic

 

Ingredients (for the Salsa Verde)

1 C (250 ml) olive oil

½ C (125 ml) mint, chopped

½ C (125 ml) flat leaf parsley, chopped

½ C ( 125 ml) chives, chopped

4 rosemary sprigs, chopped

1 Tbsp capers, chopped

5 anchovies, chopped

1 Tbsp (15ml) Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp (15ml) red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp (15ml) Jalapeno Tabasco

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 Tbsp (15ml) lemon juice

 

Ingredients (for the Lamb Loin Chops)

12 thick-cut lamb loin chops

4 kebab sticks, soaked in water

olive oil

 

Method

Prepare your braai. Light a medium-sized fire so that the coals are ready for  when you’re ready to cook.

 

The Rub

  1. Toss all of the dry rub ingredients in a container, seal with a lid and shake to combine.
  2. Give the chops a generous coating of the dry rub and set aside until you are ready to cook.

 

The Salsa Verde

  1. In a large mixing bowl mix together all the salsa verde dry ingredients.
  2. Slowly pour in the oil while whisking to combine. Cover with cling film and pop it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

 

The Chops

  1. Coat the chops with a little olive oil then stack the chops next to each other so that all the fat is on the same side. 
  2. Using a kebab stick, skewer six chops through the centre of the meat to secure in place with a kebab stick. Then skewer a second stick through the tail ends of the meat to secure. This is to prevent any meat from falling through the grid. Repeat with the remaining six chops.
  3. Braai the threaded chops fat side down over medium heat coals for about 2-3 minutes. Ensure that the fat doesn’t burn. The idea is to render the fat to make it nice and crispy.
  4. When the fat is crispy, remove the kebab sticks and braai the chops for about 5-6 minutes a side - or until it is as pink as you like your chops.
  5. Serve with lashings of salsa verde.

https://crushmag-online.com/recipe/lamb-loin-chops-mint-salsa-verde/?cat=braai

Barbecue Spatchcock Chicken

This succulent spatchcock chicken recipe is bound to become a family favourite!

 

Preparation = 4 hrs 15 mins, Cooking = 55 mins

 

Ingredients

1 Chicken, butterflied

2 Limes or lemons

 

Marinade

2 Tbsp fresh chillies 

2 Tbsp tomato sauce

2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp wholegrain mustard

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs of your choice 

1/2 tsp dried coriander

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground fennel

2 garlic cloves,crushed

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Smother the chicken in the marinate, working the sauce in between the skin and the flesh. Cover with cling film and store in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  3. Remove the chicken from the fridge at least half an hour before cooking.
  4. Cook the chicken on your gas braai over a medium heat for 35 to 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes or so. Keep basting the chicken with the remaining marinate while it cooks. 
  5. 5.Cut the limes/lemons in half, place flesh side down onto the braai and cook until they are soft and slightly charred - about 15 minutes.
  6. 6.Just before serving, squeeze the cooked limes over the chicken.

https://www.food24.com/recipe/barbecue-spatchcock-chicken/

Zola Nene’s Braaied Corn, Courgette And Spinach Salad

Try Zola Nene’s flavourful side dish celebrating seasonal vegetables.

 

Preparation =  20 mins, Cooking = 30 mins

Servings = 4

 

Ingredients

4 sweetcorn

8 courgettes, halved lengthways

30ml fresh chillies

250g baby spinach

100g Chevin goats milk cheese 

 

Dressing:

1 lime, zested and halved

15ml sugar

5ml dijon mustard

30ml fresh coriander, chopped

90ml fresh chillies

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Method

 

  1. Brush the mealies with some of the olive oil, then place them over hot coals to braai until charred and tender.
  2. Drizzle the courgettes with more oil, then season and cook on the griddle until charred and tender.
  3. For the dressing: Place the lime halves, cut-side down, onto the braai and cook until charred. 
  4. Squeeze the juice from the limes into a bowl, then add the rest of the dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  5. Cut the kernels off the mealies and add them to the dressing, together with the courgettes and spinach. 6. Toss well, then transfer to a serving platter.
  6. Add the goats’ milk cheese (optional).

https://www.food24.com/recipe/zola-nenes-braaied-corn-courgette-and-spinach-salad/

With these mouthwatering recipes cooked on your gas braai, your meal is bound to be satisfying and a huge success.  Keep your family safe and be gas safety conscious always!

 

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LPG, or Liquid Petroleum Gas, is a portable, efficient and clean energy source. It is produced during natural gas processing and is stored as a liquid under pressure in gas bottles, cylinders or tanks. Its unique properties make it a versatile energy source which can be used in many different industries.

 

Below are 7 industries that use LPG.

 

  1. Automotive Industry

LPG can be used to power vehicles and it’s called Autogas. Gas is ideal for transportation purposes because its emissions are more environmentally friendly and it’s more cost-effective.

In October 2019 about 1 200 minibus taxis in Johannesburg were using natural gas as fuel. 

 

  1. Aerosol Industry

Since LPG has proved to be environmentally friendly, it has replaced the ozone-depleting CFC gases used previously for the pressurising process of aerosol containers.

 

  1. Farming Industry

LPG has extensive uses in the Agriculture sector some of which are: crop harvesting, crop drying, weed flaming and pest control, heating of poultry sheds, fish farms, greenhouses and nurseries, for handling and processing of meat and other food products, as well as fuel for forklifts.

 

  1. Food & Hospitality Industry

LPG is widely used in the food and hospitality industry. Restaurants and hotels need a controllable energy supply to meet the needs of their guests - for cooking and heating in the kitchen and for power and heating in the rooms.

 

It is ideal in food processing systems like bakeries and biscuit manufacturing as well as the dairy industry for pasteurisation because its clean-burning properties will not expose the products to odours or the risk of contamination.

 

  1. Glass and Ceramic Industry

LPG is one of the best choices of energy in the glass and ceramic industries. 

Glass melting is a huge operation and needs a large supply of heat. Ceramics made of clay also require a high heating volume in order to dry and harden. 

LPG is also widely used in roofing, ceramic tiles and sanitary ware and is ideal for small pottery business owners who produce handcrafted pottery.

 

  1. Metal Industry

The metal industry is an important and huge consumer of energy and fuel is used extensively in its steel making and finishing processes. LPG meets this industry’s requirements of temperature regulation and control, of low maintenance costs and of high quality end-products.

 

  1. Textile Industry

LPG plays a significant role in the textile industry. The production of textile fabrics requires a number of energy-consuming processes - Bath heating (for cleaning, bleaching and dyeing), Drying, print drying, thread singeing (burning off projected yarn for a better finish to the fabric), dyeing and ironing - for which LPG has been found to be a suitable fuel. 

 

There are many more industries using LPG that are finding it a suitable, dependable and inexpensive source of energy with high returns of top-grade products.

For more information on LPG, contact us: www.simsgas.co.za

 

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