Check Your Home is Safe this Gas Safety Week
19 Sep 2016
Launched in 2011 and coordinated by Gas Safe Register, Gas Safety Week provides a platform for the gas industry and linked organisations to promote awareness about Gas Safety for homeowners, landlords and tenants alike.
Thousands of organisations from the AA, NHS the RNLI and many more, join forces each year through media channels to raise awarenss about the importance of gas safety in homes.
Some quick gas facts for London…
1 in 6 homes inspected by Gas Safe Register in London had unsafe gas appliances
1 in 11 cookers inspected by GSR are unsafe
1 in 2 gas fires inspected by GSR are unsafe
1 in 9 boilers inspected by GSR are unsafe
Unexplained deaths in the UK in people between the ages of 16 and 64 are about 3,500 each year
What steps can you take to ensure your home is safe?
- Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances . You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
- Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card . Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
- Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year . If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
- Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
- Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
For more information, visit the Gas Safe Register site