Moraira Area Holiday Survival
Butano Gas - is
quite safe as long as long as the following simple precautions are observed:-
Familiarise yourself with the position of any shut off valves and locate the
key to the external gas house (if you have one).
of Gas Smell: The gas has been given an
extremely obnoxious smell - similar to cats, but much stronger. If you
detect a leak, switch off immediately.
The regulations relating to the use of the gas are very strict. Any room
with a gas appliance or bottle has to be ventilated at high and low level.
This is because the gas is heavier than air and, in the event of an escape,
it will run to outside.
Flame Failure Safety Devices are incorporated in most appliances and these
work with a pilot light.
The pilot has to be lit and a button held in, for a
few seconds or even a minute or so, whilst the device warms up and the pilot
light holds on.
If you have to change your bottle:-
1. First turn off any
appliances, then switch off the gas at the bottle by
flipping over the button on top of the regulator.
2. Remove the regulator
cap by raising the black plastic base ring and lifting it off at the same
3. The regulator can then be
placed on the new bottle by first raising the base ring and, whilst
holding it up, pushing the regulator on and pressing the black ring
4. Switch on again by
flipping over the top button (red flame diagram upwards). Please remember
that, if you have a gas water heater, the pilot flame must be re-ignited.
If your bottle runs out and
you have no spare or if this is empty or you cannot contact the agency with
whom you booked your holiday, make a mental note to book with a reputable
agency or tour operator next time and change the bottle yourself.
CANET in Benissa have the
REPSOL (Orange Bottles) concession for the area and there is a CEPSA
(Aluminium Bottles) in Benitachell.
If you telephone REPSOL on 965 730 572 giving the
street name and number, they will deliver in a day or so. They also provide
a delivery service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The lorry comes
down from Teulada, stops at the European Shopping Centre, goes through
Moraira Village and then along the Calpe road to Pepe La Sal, stopping at
various points along the way.
You will notice a congregation of vehicles
with bottles beside them at these points. They also send a lorry to the
petrol station in Benissa, except on Sundays and Fiestas, between 12'00 and
First a word of warning - it is illegal to carry Butano bottles
(empty or full) in a motor vehicle - so we cannot advise you to break the