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September 27, 2021 10:49 am

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About two million families use gas stoves in the capital. Their homes are regularly checked by specialists from the city’s gas industry.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 180 thousand obsolete gas stoves have been replaced in residential buildings in Moscow, said the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Housing and Utilities and Improvement Peter Biryukov.

“Today in the capital, almost two million families use gas stoves, for the safe operation of this equipment, it is very important to control its condition and operating time,” he said. “Last year, during the inspections, more than 200 thousand obsolete slabs were revealed, over 90 percent of them this year have already been replaced with new ones that meet modern safety requirements.”

According to the Deputy Mayor, the plates must be replaced in a timely manner, since outdated equipment can cause accidents. “The service life of a gas stove is on average 10–12 years, after which the gas taps wear out, the burner diffusers are deformed, the thermal insulation of the oven is broken,” explained Pyotr Biryukov. “It is almost impossible to maintain the safe operation of such devices, including due to the lack of spare parts, a replacement is required.”

According to the rules, from 2019 the stoves must be equipped with a gas control system. It stops the gas supply if the flame in the burner goes out.

“Responsibility for the maintenance in proper condition and replacement of gas equipment rests with the owner or tenant of the living quarters,” the deputy mayor said. “Beneficial categories of citizens can receive appropriate subsidies by contacting the social security authorities.”

Mosgaz employees regularly check gas stoves in homes. This helps to identify obsolete or faulty equipment in time and warn owners about the dangers of using it.

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