Your gas cooker
Many homeowners are now opting for induction hobs and electric cookers over gas cookers because they are considered safer, as the risk of gas leaks is zero. So, if you still use a gas cooker in your retro kitchen, try to make sure that the risk of gas leaks is minimized and that you use a gas detector. In some countries, you are required by law to use a gas sensor (a device that detects the presence of gas in an area, which is usually your kitchen). These devices are used to detect gas leaks or other emissions – so when they detect the presence of gas, they shut down the source of gas (which is usually the tap on the gas pipe).
Of course, left unchecked, these appliances that use gas to operate can lead to fires and even carbon monoxide poisoning. Although it is invisible, gas still has a strong odor, so you will usually be able to suspect a gas leak when it happens. (see more on the next page)