Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a gas safe nation

We’re proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2019taking place 16th  22nd September 2019. 

Gas Safety Week is an annual event to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work with gas.
 

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it. 

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these simple checks to keep you and your family safe. 

 

Check your landlord’s gas safety record

By law, your landlord must keep gas pipework, appliances and flues supplied for you to use in good condition. They must arrange a gas safety check of the appliances and flues every year and give you a record of the check. If your landlord refuses to provide you with one, you can report their details to the HSE.

Check any gas appliances you own every year.

Your landlord is not responsible for gas appliances that you own, so you should arrange for these to be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget on the Gas Safe website

Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered

You can find or check an engineer on the Gas Safe Registercall the Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500, or you can ask to see the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card when they arrive at your home.

Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing

Engineers can be qualified to work in numerous categories of gas work e.g. natural gas or domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and on the Gas Safe Register website.

Check for warning signs that could indicate your appliances are not working correctly

Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room. 

Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

The main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapsing and loss of consciousness. 

Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too

Check your carbbon monoxide alarm is marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark. This will ensure it meets the required standards to keep your home safe.  

For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500. 

 

Boiler maintenance in summer – everything you need to know

Your boiler might be the last thing on your mind during summer, but it’s actually a good time to prepare for the cooler winter months. Muggy mornings and sweltering heats might even mean that you’re using more warm water than any other time of year. So here’s our suggestions for getting the most out of your boiler during the summer, and making sure you’re not left out in the cold when winter hits.

1. Beat the rush.

Every year, your boiler will need to be serviced. Instead of waiting for peak season – when everyone is putting their boiler back on after a long, hot summer, get it booked in now. While engineers aren’t so busy.

2. Bleed your radiators. 

Be prepared. There’s nothing worse than putting your heating back on in October and realising your radiators aren’t working properly. So, keep calm and bleed your radiators now.

3. Check your boiler pressure

Heating problems or low water flow can be caused by your boiler pressure being low. Don’t let the pressure get to you though – it’s easy to check, and it’s best to do it before it gets too cold. The best way to check if the pressure is low is to look at the pressure gauge on the front of your boiler. If it’s 0.5 bar or less, you’ll need to repressurise the system.

4. Put the heating on for a few minutes

It might sound crazy to put your heating on during the summer, but it makes perfect sense as part of a considered boiler maintenance routine. Putting the central heating on occasionally during the summer (for a few minutes) will help prevent your system from seizing up. And will also prevent problems in the colder months, when you’ll need your heating the most!

5. Save the planet, energy and money!

Did you know that heating accounts for about 55% of what we spend on our energy bills annually? So, if you have an outdated or generally inefficient boiler, you could be spending more than you need to on your yearly bill. And in the summer months, people often take longer and more frequent showers, so there’s an opportunity to save money on your bills.

Looking to replace your boiler during the summer months will mean you’re setting yourself up for savings durinig the rest of the year. And it will be easier to find an installation appointment as engineers tend to have more availability during the warmer months.