External Gas Meter Boxes and Where to Place Them

When placing your internal or external gas meter boxes there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind, both for matters of safety and convenience. Meters, for example, must be on the front wall of the building, which is to say the wall that faces the street that the gas main is. They can be either inside or outside depending on your preferences. They can even be within an outbuilding, such as a garage or a conservatory.External Gas Meter Boxes

However, the route from the main to the meter must be in a straight line and the line cannot pass under structures or fixtures such as sheds, greenhouses or porches. You must also ensure that the meter is not in a position where it could be damaged, such as by a child’s play area or where it could be accidentally struck by a vehicle. The control valve to your internal or external gas meter boxes must also be within easy reach during an emergency. Be aware of where other underground services, such as sewers or electricity lines, are placed as well.

Things to consider when placing your internal or external gas meter boxes is where you can’t place them, because doing so may make them inaccessible or expose them to potential hazards. It cannot be placed by something where it could be affected by very hot or very low temperatures, nor should it be placed somewhere that may receive high humidity. So, for example, you should not place it in a bathroom or a boiler room. Likewise it should be placed within somewhere you store food, somewhere where the meter could rust (such as under the sink), where the floor is concrete or could get wet, nor under the stairs or in a shared passageway. Make sure your internal or external gas meter boxes are not within 3cm of a flue gas appliance or within 1.5cm of an electricity meter.

There are a number of design choices available for your internal or external gas meter boxes, which vary in their look and the places they’d be best positioned. The standard design for a gas meter box, for example, is a surface mounted cabinet that is placed a few centimetres off the floor onto an outside wall.

Due to its exposed position it is not advised that it be placed on a wall that look out onto pavements, public footpaths or shared passageways, simply because they could cause obstructions to or be damaged by passersby. Another design partially buries the external gas meter boxes at the bottom of the outside wall, so that only the topmost part can be seen. Those are able to be placed within flowerbeds or other such fixtures where people are unlikely to step on or trip over it.

For a further selection of external gas meter boxes, visit the website of Kingsley Plastics for a full range of personal, durable external gas meter boxes. Or else, contact them directly by calling +44 01837 83154.

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