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9  Electrical equipment and other sources of ignition 

HAVE YOU A ELECTRICAL SWITCH TO CLOSE TO YOUR GAS APPLIANCE ? 


#  What do the gas regulations say about Electrical switches above , to the side and below your gas appliance. See answer below 

#. Are you allowed to have a electrical switch below a Gas Hob. ? 
Answer : NO 

#. Are you allowed to have a electrical switch Above a Gas Hob or Gas Stove ? 
Answer : NO


#. Are you allowed to have a electrical switch to the left or to the right of a Gas Hob or gas stove ? 
Answer : NO   but if its more than 200mm away from the burner it would be acceptable according to the regulation set out in Sans 10087-1

# Are you allowed to have a electrical oven below your gas hob. ?  
Answer : Yes


Electrical switch above the Gas Hob or Gas Stove

ELECTRICAL ISOLATOR SWITCH ABOVE GAS STOVE.

Refering to the isolator or electrical switch above the gas appliances.  

The electrical isolator or electrical switch is not a great risk of an explosion in coming into contact with gas vapour  but rather the electrical switch being damaged by steam / Water vapour coming off from  cooking. 

So are they allowed if you have a ELECTRICAL SWITCH ABOVE a gas hob or free standing gas stove. ?  NO NOT ALLOWED ACCORDING TO THE REGULATIONS SET OUT IN SANS10087-1


There are regulations pertaining to this see below. 

Here is the Answer : For whatever reason in older houses there is usually a electrical isolator above the stove.

This is clearly stated in our gas regulations as not allowed to be there.



Most gas technicians are not qualified to work on any electrical equipped you need be a qualified Electrician. If a gas technician were to work on any electrical wiring on your property and not being a qualified electrician the gas technician would be compromising the properties electrical coc . ( Electrical Compliancy Certificate )

So we are not qualified electricians we do not work on any part of your electrical wiring on your property.

This being the case that we are not qualified electricians we cannot be held responsible for any electrical on the properties.  

We have two sets of regulations pertaining to " Electriical equipment and other Sources of Ignition "

The first set of regulations set out in Sans10087-1 is where gas cylinder is placed outside. Here at the moment a electriical switch Eg Aircon,Pool pump, plugs, Electriical Distribution box any 220v supply that has a switch on the gas cylinder needs to be a minimum of 5 meters away from the gas cylinder.


Below Is an Explination on  the Regulations Pertaining to electrical switches inside your home where the gas stove or gas hob is going to be installed :-

The second set of regulations set out in Sans10087-1 is where the gas cylinder is placed inside Eg in a cupboard .

 # The regulations state that one cannot have a electrical switch in the Cupboard where the gas cylinder is house.


Also Electrical equipment , such as light switches and plugs, shall be at least 200mm away from any burner and potential point of gas release.

 Where it's necessary to install a gas hob together with any electric oven , a three-point plug socket shall not be used to connect the electrical oven. A proper isolator switch shall be in place above the level of the hob and shall have at least 200mm clearance from the hob.  
No electrical connection shall be made below the hob. Pg 51 of Sans10087-1:2013




A suggestion would be to get a electrician to blank off the switch as per pictures Below. Or move the switch away to the prescribe distance away. 

























Take The Example of the picture above : The  Electrical Isolator switch is not allowed above the gas appliance. EITHER GET ELECTRICIAN TO BLANK OFF THE SWITCH OR MOVE SWITCH AWAY A MINIMUM OF 200mm away from the gas burner.

 


The Regulation states at the moment as follows :

Where electrical equipment is placed within the safety distance as specified in figures 3, 4 and 6 such equipment shall be in accordance with the requirements of SANS 10108. 

Electrical equipment, such as light switches and plugs, shall be at least 200 mm away from any burner and potential point of gas release. Where it is necessary to install a gas hob together with an electric oven, a three-point plug socket shall not be used to connect the electric oven. A proper isolator switch shall be in place above the level of the hob and it shall have at least 200 mm clearance from the hob.

No electrical connection shall be made below the hob. See figures 3 and 4 for further connections

 













No Electrical Switches below the gas hob.




 No Electrical switch below the gas hob.
















Picture Above : This Plug is too close to the gas hob it must be moved or blanked off . Please Note We do not do Any blanking off or  and electrical work /connections. This must be done by a qualified electrician. 



Here below is a electrical switch that has been blanked off .

Please Note We do not do Any blanking off of switches boxes or electrical connections.