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Gas Safety Week – Part 2

Date Added 22/09/2016

With Gas Safety Week coming and running from September 19 to 25, we are publishing a couple of blogs related to gas safety, with this particular one focusing on exactly what you need to do to ensure the gas appliances in the properties you own are serviced and checked for safety.

One in Six UK Gas Appliances ‘Unsafe`

The Managing Director of the Gas Safe Register, Mr Samuel, pointed out exactly how much potential danger there is around the UK from unsafe gas appliances. He said, `We know from our own investigations that around one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents. By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones.`

Gas Safety Checklist

Mr Samuel and the Gas Safe Register have laid out a few simple checks to ensure your home is gas safe, so follow these bullet-pointed guidelines below to ensure your gas appliances do not cause you, your family or other housemates any problems now or in the future.

Have your gas appliances serviced and safety checked once a year. This is a legal obligation which landlords especially need to pay attention to, as they have the responsibility of their tenants to take care of as well as their own homes.
Only allow an engineer registered with the Gas Safe Register to service your gas appliances. Never accept anyone else`s offer to fix or check anything as it is illegal for them to do so without being registered with the Gas Safety Register.
Always check the Gas Safe Register ID card of the engineer before allowing them to service your gas appliances. The ID card will feature their name, the company they work for, their registration number, photo and dates indicating when the registration is valid from and when it expires. The ID card will also feature a telephone number to call to check that the engineer is indeed who they say they are.
Invest in an audible carbon monoxide alarm for your home and also make yourself and housemates aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. They are: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Keep an eye out for lazy yellow flames or black marks around your gas appliance as they could mean the equipment is not operating as it should and thus you must get it checked immediately.
Also report anyone you see carrying out gas work illegally to the Gas Safe Register so that they can investigate and prevent this person from endangering lives by conducting checks or works without receiving the proper training or being checked for competency.
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