• Gas Safety Week September 2015

  • Gas Safety Week

    Gas safety week starts on September 14th through till the 20th.

     

    So what is gas safety week all about?

     

    Gas Safety Week is a national safety campaign to raise awareness of gas safety in the UK's 23 million gas fuelled homes.

    It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register with support from the gas industry including retailers, manufacturers, consumer bodies and the public.

    Gas safety week is all about safety in the home, your office and any place that you use gas.

    So many people don’t realise how dangerous gas can be.

    Without regular check ups you could be putting your life at risk without knowing it.

    Throughout the United Kingdom around only 10% of people have their boiler serviced each year.

    Most people tend to leave their boiler till it breaks down,

    then they call the local gas safe plumber to have a boiler service thinking that is all it needs,

    but if it’s broken down then it broken for a reason and could be costly to repair. Its not just gas boilers that need to be checked,

    anything that produces a flame should be checked on a regular basis.

    Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and is produced when a flame is present,

    this is why it is very important to have a regular check up,

    be it gas, oil even a wood burner.

    Most people think carbon monoxide is only produced from gas and don’t realise that anything that burns produces carbon monoxide.

    One of the most important parts of any boiler is the flue pipe;

    it needs to be check for corrosion, because if it corroded it could leak carbon monoxide into the room it is located in.

    I have listed a few gas safety tips below from the

    gas safe register for you to follow and be safe.

    Stay Gas Safe in your home with these top tips:

     

    1. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service gas appliances in your home – it’s the law and will help keep you safe.
    2. 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.
    3. Have all your gas appliances, including boilers, gas cookers and gas fires, safety checked every year.
    4. Find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500
    5. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions,

    6. Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. Anybody working with gas has to be Gas Safe registered by law.
    12. Report someone working without registration or call Gas Safe Register on the free phone number 0800 408 5500.


    Gas Safe Register - Introduction

    Watch this video to find out more about:

    • What Gas Safe Register is
    • Who can legally undertake gas work
    • How to find an engineer
    • How to check an engineer
    • Information on Gas Safe Register’s free gas safety inspections
    • How Gas Safe Register checks registered engineers
    • What to do if you suspect someone is working illegally

     

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