Incorrectly installed and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year around 50 people die in the UK and around 400 are hospitalised from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty gas appliances. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.
If you rent a property, check your Landlord’s Gas Safety Record. By law, your landlord must keep gas appliances supplied for you to use in good condition. We must arrange a gas safety check annually within 12 months of the last safety inspection and give you a record of the check.
Check any gas appliances you own every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked at least once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Check the 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.
Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500