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Gas Safety Week 2017

SBHG is proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week, which is taking place between Monday 18 September and Sunday 24 September.

We’ll be raising awareness of gas safety and urging residents to keep themselves safe from dangerous gas appliances – and have produced a leaflet full of tips to help.

The leaflet contains guidance for residents on how to prepare for annual gas safety checks, what to do if their boiler breaks down, or if they smell gas. The leaflet is available on our website and will be given out at every gas safety check or boiler repair our staff attend.

Paul McHugh, repairs manager (gas), said: “Whilst we provide information on gas safety in our tenant handbooks, this is a perfect opportunity for us as an organisation to refresh our residents on the importance of annual gas safety checks, what to do should they smell gas, and what steps in the event a boiler stops working.”

The seventh annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK work together to encourage all gas consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances are checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and protect against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

With 21 deaths and over 800 gas-related injuries in the last three years, it’s crucial that people have their appliances checked each year to be assured they are working safely and efficiently. People should also Trust the Triangle and check that their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “By working together we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. We know from our own investigations data that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas-related incidents.”

Stay Gas Safe at home this Gas Safety Week by following these top tips:

» Sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
» Be aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance may cause, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room.
» Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else.
» ‘Trust the Triangle’ and always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check it to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question.

To find out about dangers in your area visit the Gas Safe website and to find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.