Gas Safety Week 2015

comms heroGas Safety Week is a national safety campaign where thousands of organisations across the UK help people stay safe. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. 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.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones.

Gas checks for rented homes

By law we have to check the gas appliances in our rented homes every year. Your tenancy agreement says that you must let our engineer into your home to do this.

If you repeatedly refuse to let us in we will have to take you to court.

Gas checks for leaseholders

If you own or part-own your home it’s your responsibility to ensure your gas appliances are safe. We recommend you get them checked each year by an engineer listed on the Gas Safe Register.

To find an engineer near you call 0800 408 5500 or visit http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/

Tips to check that your gas appliances are safe

  • Check for warning signs: your gas appliances may not be working properly if they have lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, there are black marks on or around the appliances or if there is too much condensation in the room
  • Six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness
  • Get an audible carbon monoxide alarm: this will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home
  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered: if you’re a leaseholder get your gas appliances checked by an engineer registered with the Gas Safety Register and check their ID when they carry out the check

For more information visit the Gas Safety Week 2015 website.