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Gas Safety Week 2015

Tuesday, 15th September, 2015

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week that aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.

Twenty-three million households in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Did You Know?

  • Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
  • Gas Safe Register estimates that there are around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating in the UK and up 250,000 illegal gas jobs may be carried out each year
  • Although there is awareness that gas appliances need to be safety checked annually, 43% of Britons don't do it, and 10% have gas appliances which have never been checked.

Top Tips to Stay Gas Safe

We rely on our gas boilers, cookers and fires to keep warm, have hot baths and showers and cook hot meals. It's important that gas appliances are safety checked every year and regularly serviced to help us keep safe and prevent them from breaking down when we need them most.

Stay gas safe in your home with these tips:

  • Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service gas appliances in your home - it's the law and will keep you safe.
  • Always ask to see an engineers Gas Safe Register ID card and check the back of the card to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific type of gas work you need.
  • Have all your appliances, including boilers, gas cookers and gas fires, safety checked every year.
  • Find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.
  • Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • 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.
  • Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm for your home and make sure it is located near to your gas appliances in accordance with the manufacturer's guidance. Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill.
  • Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose, e.g. don't use a gas oven to heat a room or use a gas barbeque inside the house.
  • Always ensure there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to allow them to burn correctly and make sure you are not blocking any air vents that provide an air supply to the gas appliance.
  • Anybody working with gas has to be Gas Safe registered by law. Report someone working without registration or call the Gas Safe Register on the free phone number 0800 408 5500.

 






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