Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week co-ordinated by the Gas Safe Register. The aim is to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances.
Gas Safety Facts
- 23 million households in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking.
- Every year 1000’s of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. Remember that you can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly with no warning.
- Gas Safe Register estimates that there are around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating across the UK*
- Gas appliances need to be checked annually, 24% of Britons don’t do it and 10% have appliances that have never been checked.
Gas Safety Tips
- Only ever use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances.
- Always ask to see your engineer’s ID card.
- Get your appliances checked every year.
- Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
- Get your chimney swept. Blocked chimneys can result in carbon monoxide building up in your home.
- Beware of the warning signs that your gas appliance isn’t working properly such as a lazy yellow flame, black marks or stains, increase in condensation and a pilot light that keeps going out.
If you are a landlord or a tenant and you have any questions about gas safety in your property email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Gas Safe Register Research 2009