Warning follows Colac gas leak

Firefighters respond to a gas leak in Stewart Street, Colac.

FIREFIGHTERS have reminded people to check their gas systems after a potentially dangerous leak at a Colac home.

Three Colac Fire Brigade units responded to the Stewart Street gas leak and Colac Fire Brigade’s Lieutenant Mark Gunning said a “large quantity” of gas had collected at the back of the house.

Mr Gunning said two adults and three children were in the house when they noticed the gas leak.

“The gas, especially if you’ve got kids in the house, can be an asphixiant,” he said.

Mr Gunning said fire crews used a positive-pressure pump to remove the gas after Monday’s incident.

“The cause was a ruptured pipe – we’ve had a couple of those this year,” he said.

“It’s a warning that it pays to get gas heaters and systems serviced regularly.”

Worker recovers from burns to arms and face

A COLAC man is recovering after suffering third-degree burns to his face and arms in a work accident.

The Barwon Water employee was burning off at Forrest when the incident occurred.

The man received most of the burns to his left arm and also suffered an eye injury.

He was treated at Colac Hospital on Thursday where he remained overnight for observation.

Barwon Water confirmed the incident, stating that the employee sustained burns while working alongside the water authority’s channel near Forrest Recreation Reserve.

Water Systems general manager Carl Bicknell said Barwon Water was investigating the cause of the accident and employee safety was a priority.

Barwon Water said it had notified WorkSafe Victoria of the incident.


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