Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas. During the week, we will be sharing gas safety tips and advising our residents to keep themselves safe from dangerous gas appliances.
Our Gas Team was ranked no. 1 in England by Morgan Lambert, a renowned gas audit provider. The team works very hard to ensure that the boilers in our homes are functional and safe. In August 2018, they carried out 382 gas safety checks and reported that none of our properties were out of compliance for that month. For Gas Safety Week, they will to continue to do excellent work and help our residents be gas safe in their homes.
Paul McHugh, repairs manager (gas), said: “Even though we provide information on gas safety in our tenant handbooks, this is a great opportunity for us as an organisation to remind our residents of the importance of annual gas safety checks, what to do if they smell gas, and what steps to take in the event a boiler stops working.”
Gas Safety Tips
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe:
» Check our Gas Safety Record. By law, we must keep gas pipework, appliances and flues supplied for you to use in good condition. We will arrange a gas safety check of the appliances and flues every 12 months and give you a record of the check.
» Check any gas appliances you own every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
» Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
» Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and the Gas Safe Register website.
» Check for warning signs that your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
» Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
» Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.