Stay Gas Safe at home
Gas Safety Week runs from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 September 2015 and we’ve pledged our support to raise awareness of gas safety at home.
The campaign is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register with support from the gas industry including retailers, manufacturers, consumer bodies and the public – you may already have seen some of their TV adverts!
We rely on our gas boilers, cookers and fires to keep warm, have hot baths and showers and cook hot meals. It’s important that gas appliances are safety checked every year and regularly serviced to help keep us safe and prevent them from breaking down when we need them the most. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Three simple tips to keep you and your family gas safe:
- Get all of your gas appliances safety checked once a year by a registered engineer. You can sign up to a free reminder service at StayGasSafe.co.uk
- Make sure your engineer is legal and safe, by making sure they are registered with Gas Safe Register, the UK’s official gas authority. You can check by calling 0800 408 5500 or visiting GasSafeRegister.co.uk
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
If you’re a council tenant, Building Services will send you an appointment when it’s time for the annual gas safety check in your home. Please allow them in to your home to carry out this vital service.
If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number on 0800 111 999.