GAS SAFETY AT HOME
Do you usually leave "getting the gas man in" to someone else in your home because you don't know what to look out for? With 250,000 illegal gas jobs done every year it is vital that you know how to check a gas engineer is registered and qualified to do the work you want done. Knowing what to look out for could keep you and your family safe from gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
GAS SAFETY IN THE HOME
Be Gas Safe at home and only use a Gas Safe registered engineer
At home, we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. It is only when there is a problem with an appliance that many people take any notice of it at all.
What are the gas safety risks of dangerous gas work?
Dangerous gas work can be deadly. Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause the following gas safety risks: gas leaks, fires, explosions,carbon monoxide poisoning
Top tips for gas safety
1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your gas appliances, including your:
gas fire, gas cooker or hob
central heating system, radiators or your hot water system, if they are connected to either a Natural Gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) supply
2. Always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card. All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe Register ID card, with their own unique licence number, showing the type of work they are qualified to do.
3. Get your appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year, or in accordance with your manufacturer's guidelines, by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
4. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. An alarm will alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, produced by unsafe gas appliances. Make sure you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
5. If you think there might be a gas leak or notice any signs of carbon monoxide, act fast and follow the advice for gas emergencies.