Unauthorised gas fitting could be dangerous

Many of the nation's baby boomers are selling their baches in exchange for a motor home or caravan - but a sting in the tail has prompted a $50,000 consumer warning.

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) has reported an upsurge in complaints about unauthorised gasfitting of motor homes, camper vans and caravans.

PGDB chief executive Martin Sawyers says complaints increased in the 2016/17 year, compared to the previous year - and says the increase in people with motor homes has seen a corresponding rise in gasfitting problems.

One example concerned a man fined $5000 earlier this year; he did not hold a gasfitting licence when he installed a refrigerator and gas pipes, connected the pipes to the gas supply and installed a ventilation system for the gas appliance in a motorhome.

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