Gas Safety Week 2018 – Steps To Keep You Gas Safe Aware
We are proud to be supporting the annual Gas Safety Week, this year taking place 17 – 23 September.
Co-ordinated by the Gas Safety Register, Gas Safety Week launched in 2011 in order to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. Each year, supporters from across a multitude of service industries collaborate together to produce important social media campaigns alongside exhibitions and other activities.
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.
Here are some important steps to carry out to ensure your home is gas safe, recommended by the Gas Safety Register.
Check for warning signs
Keep an eye out for warning signs that your appliances aren’t working. Examples can range from dull 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.
Get your appliances checked every year
Gas appliances should be checked once a year by a Gas Safety registered engineer. You can even set yourself reminders through the Gas Safety website to make sure you never forget to stay safe. Make sure your engineer is registered and check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card to find this information; you can also find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Be aware of carbon monoxide and gas leaks
There are six main symptoms to be aware of if someone is suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home to be alerted if there are any signs of carbon monoxide in the air. If you smell gas or you think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website. Alternatively, call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.