It’s Gas Safety Week!
It’s national Gas Safety Week! The annual safety week was created to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. Coordinated by Gas Safe Register which is the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas – so you know the advice given is concrete!
Here’s some important tips to help take care of your home and loved ones.
- Check gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and services by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set reminders so you don’t forget. You can use external tools such as: co.uk to help remind you!
- Look out for friends and relatives. Some people may be unable to arrange their own or unaware that they need checks to keep safe. Help loved ones by ensuring their appliances are checked and serviced regularly.
- Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can easily find or check an engineer at www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. It can help save a botch job and any issues later on!
- Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing. This means natural gas, domestic boiler etc. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and on the Gas Safe Register website.
- Check for warning signs that could indicator your appliances are not working correctly. Signs can include lazy yellow/ orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance as well as a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
- Be aware of the main symptoms for carbon monoxide poisoning. Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse, and loss of consciousness are indicators you may have CO poising, so keep an eye out for yourself and family!
- Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your loved ones have one too! Ensure the carbon monoxide alarms are marked EN 50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark so you know the alarm is suitable and matches the standards required.
Hopefully, these tips can help keep you and loved ones protected. It is so easy to forget to check gas appliances, so just pop a reminder in your phone to ensure you give them a check over to make sure they’re working fine! For additional advice or to find/ check an engineer visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk now.