Can gas safety checks save lives?
Gas safety checks are important to protect the safety of your household and should be done each year to make sure your appliances are safe to use.
Why are gas safety checks necessary?
All gas appliances can produce a highly toxic gas called carbon monoxide if they haven’t been fitted, repaired or maintained correctly.
In fact, there are 2 main risks involved with a dangerous gas appliance:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic gas that is invisible and has no smell. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness and it can often be fatal.
If you feel unwell and suspect a potential gas leak, go to your GP or the hospital immediately.
- Gas leaks, fires and explosions
Gas leaks are extremely dangerous to your health and safety. If the leak is ignited, this can result in fires and explosion.
If you can smell gas, open all the doors and windows to let fresh air in. Turn off the gas supply at the emergency control valve by turning the handle 90 degrees and leave the property.
You must call the Gas Emergency Services on 0800 111 999 immediately. Do not use a mobile phone, smoke or use any electrical appliances while inside the property.
Keeping your gas safety checks up-to-date on a regular, yearly basis is important, and could potentially save your life.
| COVID-19 UPDATE |
You can still have your gas safety checked by a licensed engineer during the COVID-19 lockdown, but you must take extra care to make sure proper social distancing can take place.
If you are a tenant of a rental property, it is your landlord’s responsibility to schedule the gas safety check on a yearly basis. If the scheduled safe check falls while you are self-isolating, you will need to rearrange for the check to take place as soon as it is safe to do so.
What happens during a gas safety check?
Your engineer will check that your gas appliances:
- Are burning gas correctly and that no adjustments are needed
- Are an appropriate type of appliance for the location they’re in
- Are securely fitted to the gas pipework and that the physical fitting is stable
They should also check that:
- Flues, chimneys and air vents are all clear and working correctly
- There’s enough of an air supply that is permanently available to the appliances
- All relevant safety devices are working properly
Having this check done regularly, particularly if you live in shared housing, means that you can keep yourself safe from the effects of general wear and tear on your appliances. It can even help to spot safety risks caused by tampered meters or illegal gas work.
You can find out more at the Gas Safe Register website
Beware of illegal gas workers
In order to carry out legitimate gas safety checks, or any work on a gas appliance at all, your engineer must have a valid, in-date licence with the Gas Safe Register. If not, they could be working illegally.
Did you know that you can invalidate your home insurance or boiler warranty by using an illegal gas worker? 2 in 3 cases of illegal gas work turn out to be unsafe – it’s not worth the risk.
If you’re approached by someone claiming to be a gas worker who isn’t registered with the Gas Safe Register, you can report it to them directly.
Or, if you suspect that anyone may have hired an illegal gas worker to carry out illegal meter tampering, you can report it to stayenergysafe.
Gas is dangerous – don’t put yourself, or others, at risk.
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