Many of our homes run on gas every day to heat our showers and cook our dinner, but how often do you get your gas appliances checked, and would you know what to do it something goes wrong?
How gas safe are you? Top tips from gas safety experts
Gas Safe Register is reminding consumers to be aware of gas safety and is urging the nation to reach out to those who are more vulnerable. 1 in 6 gas appliances inspected by Gas Safe Register were found to be unsafe. Poorly maintained and badly fitted gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is an odourless, tasteless and invisible poisonous gas, which can kill without warning.
We are asking for your support to help share best practice when it comes to gas safety.
- Always use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to fix, fit or maintain gas appliances.
- Have all gas appliances checked every year by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Ask to see the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card before you let them into your home to do gas work. Check the person’s identity carefully and check that the back of the card states they are qualified for the gas type and appliance that will be worked on.
- Check for warning signs that your appliance might not be working correctly. Soot or staining on or around you gas appliances, excess condensation in the room, lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones (except for fuel–effect fires that display this colour flame), the pilot light keeps going out.
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, collapse, nausea, and loss of consciousness.
- In a gas emergency, turn off the gas supply at the meter, open doors and windows, wait outside and call the gas emergency service on 0800 111 999. If you feel unwell seek medical attention.
- Regular servicing can help ensure your appliances burn correctly, but to be extra safe we recommend that you install an audible CO alarm.
Sarah Hill, stakeholder manager from Gas Safe Register, says: “We recognise that not all of us over 50 can be described as vulnerable or susceptible to rogue gas fitters or unsafe gas work, but we all know someone who is more vulnerable, and together we can help keep those people safe by sharing these gas safety tips with our neighbours, friends, colleagues and carers. With the support of our community let’s prevent deaths, injuries and reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances.”
For more information about gas safety, and to find or check a gas engineer in your area visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
About Gas Safe Register
Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. It replaced CORGI
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