With outages expected every third day, is it time to get gas?

3 min read 31 March 2022

Santam, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, has urged households to prioritise safety considerations of gas appliances, as many homes look for alternatives as means of dealing with loadshedding. 

Rowland Ramalingam, Head of Non-Motor Claims at Santam, says, “With load shedding wreaking havoc, the use of gas appliances has increased in many households over the last few months. Whether you’re considering buying a gas stove or have already purchased a gas heater in anticipation of the upcoming winter chill, there are several safety considerations you need to prioritise when you have your gas appliances installed. Generally, Santam’s most common claims during load shedding are related to power surges, damage to fridge contents, and possible burglary claims.

Although gas is safe to use if installed in accordance with the 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 gas installation is concerned.

The following top three tips regarding installation can be found in the South African National Standards (SANS) guide:

Ramalingam provides the following further advice for homeowners regarding gas safety:

Ramalingam adds that it’s imperative to choose a reputable gas installer and insurer, “Santam is South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, insuring risks of over R4 trillion. Over the past five years, we have paid R101 billion in gross claims. Unfortunately, load shedding is a reality that’s here to stay. Most of us will need to seek energy alternatives, so it’s imperative to do so smartly and responsibly. It’s critical to install and maintain them properly. A reputable insurer like Santam can help with both risk management and mitigation.”