Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a gas safe nation
We’re proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2020, taking place 14th – 20th 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 Register, call 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.