KEEP SAFE WITH GAS

68,000 homes saved from deadly gas incidents in the last year alone.  

15th – 21st September 2014 is Gas Safety Week and new data released by the Gas Safe Register*, has shown an alarming level of safety issues around the UK, with at least 68,000 homes having escaped deadly gas incidents, such as fires, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and explosions, in the last year alone:

  • Over half (57%) of registered engineers have had to switch off a customer’s gas appliance in the last year because it posed an immediate risk to life or property
  • Gas Safe Register inspected 120,000 UK homes in the last four years – one in six was found to have an unsafe gas appliance
  • To mark Gas Safety Week (15-21 September) Gas Safe Register, Fire and Rescue Services and engineers will be touring the country to advise the public on how to stay gas safe

Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom and a recent survey carried out amongst Gas Safe registered engineers exposed that over half of engineers (57%) had found a dangerous gas boiler, cooker or fire in a customer’s home in the last year that needed immediately turning off. Of these dangerous appliances, around half (45%) were attributed to the fact that owners had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and had been left in a poor condition.

Despite it being a legal requirement for rented property, these statistics demonstrate the essential nature of Landlords having the gas installations of their property checked annually by a qualified engineer.

In 2013, Gas Safe Register launched the first ever interactive map at StayGasSafe.co.uk allowing people to find how safe or unsafe their area is by simply entering their post code. A free gas safety check reminder service is also available to alert owners when their gas appliances need checking.

Follow Gas Safe Register’s advice this Gas Safety Week:

  1. Get your gas appliances safety checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  2. You can sign up to the reminder service and find out about the gas dangers in your area by visiting StayGasSafe.co.uk
  3. Check the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, making sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work you require.
  4. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working correctly. A lazy yellow flame, black marks or brown stains around the appliance, or too much condensation in the room are all signs that your appliances aren’t safe.
  5. Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

To find a Gas Safe registered engineer and for further gas safety advice visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

*Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom, and by law all gas engineers must be on their register.

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