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Many gas units called sub-par

SHANGHAI'S gas authorities are teaming up with community officials to check gas appliances in rental apartments across the city for the sake of safety this winter.

Shanghai Gas Group Co Ltd said at least 30 percent of gas facilities in older rental apartments, mainly heaters and ovens, are substandard.

People in unqualified apartments will be told through formal notices and warning signs to change their gas appliances, the company said.

All the inspectors will show their ID cards and wear uniforms.

"We are like doctors who provide free diagnoses to the gas appliances," Tang Yichun, of the company's safety service, said to Shanghai Daily.

"A lot of appliances in the old apartments were installed in the early 1990s, which should've been discarded or scrapped," Tang said yesterday.

Tang said many tenants lack awareness about dangers in gas appliances, and the staff of the company will warn them.

"Take the heater, for example. It should have a flameout protection device and an exhaust fan to prevent the accidental gas leak," Tang explained.


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