Gas Safety Week, set up by the Gas Safe Register as a new annual event has launched today to help raise awareness of Gas Safety throughout the UK.
The event which is taking place in various locations throughout the week will be getting involved with the general public to raise gas awareness and to stress the importance of a qualified Gas Safe registered installer.
If you are already a gas safe engineer it is a great time to raise awareness in your local area and support Gas Safety Week by promoting safe practices in the home. Below are some home safety tips that you can use to help raise awareness of gas safety in your area.
Don’t Forget to check the Gas Safe website to see if there are any events happening near you.
- Make sure that all appliances, such as boilers, fires and cookers that use gas are safety checked annually.
- Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and check gas appliances in your home. Anybody working with gas has to be Gas Safe registered by law. If someone is working without registration report them to the Gas Safe Register or local authorities.
- Regularly check any gas appliances you may have for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. black marks or stains around the appliance, “lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones and whether there is too much condensation in the room.
- Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card, also check the back of the card to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific type of gas work needed.
- Use the Gas Safe website to find a registered Gas Safe engineer in your local area.
- Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill make sure you have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm that is located near to your gas appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance.
- 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.