It goes without saying that all businesses should follow standard safety procedures when it comes to buying and installing gas meter boxes – they keep you, your business and the public safe.
Below, we look at three important areas that affect gas meter housings and why it’s important to always keep those safety regulations in mind.
The correct ventilation
Meter boxes are required by law to have a minimum amount of ventilation to ensure they run safely and correctly.
Not adhering to these rules is illegal, could cause serious injury or death and may result in the closing down of your business. Therefore, it is very important to ensure you follow these rules correctly both for the sake of your business and for the safety of others.
For boxes where ventilation is on only on one wall, a minimum of 3% is required to make the gas meter box legal.
For those where ventilation is one two walls or more, the minimum is 2% of the floor area.
These are the minimum safety standards set out by regulators and should not be ignored.
Fitting a box properly
It’s important that built-in gas meter boxes are only fitted and secured with cement or approved adhesive filler.
Using anything that penetrates the housing can cause leaking gas to enter the opening and could be potentially dangerous.
Semi-concealed boxes differ from this and should always be fixed to the wall using wall plugs, screws and spacers that come with the housing.
A gas meter box that is damaged in any way should never be installed.
Any box that is spoiled should be removed and replaced before any gas is connected.
Following correct fitting procedures minimises the risk of denting, scratching or breaking gas meter boxes and ensures that housings have been fitted in a safe manner.
Your gas metre boxes should be made from a safe, non-corrosive material.
It’s incredibly important that gas housings are protected from fire and other destructive substances.
A box with GRP laminate and reinforced strand glass mat will ensure that your gas meter boxes are strong and safe enough for the job. Any housing that conforms to BS 476 part 7, class 2 will certify that it is comprised of a flame retardant material, so you know it’s safe for use.
Standard meter boxes can also be reinforced further with fire-safe materials to ensure your housing goes above and beyond the required safety standards and is durable in all weathers and spaces.
Gas can be incredibly dangerous no matter where you are, so make sure you’re always following the most up to date safety regulations for meters and their housings.