Gas Safety Week Reminds us How to Keep Our Homes Safe

19th September 2018
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Why Gas Safety Week is Important

Gas Safety Week (17-23 September 2018) helps increase our awareness of gas safety. In the last three years alone, there have been 21 deaths and over 800 gas related injuries in the UK. Awareness is a huge part of keeping safe. It’s important to be well informed in order to keep yourself, your family and your property safe.

Taking place every September, Gas Safety Week serves as an important reminder to check your appliances and ensure that your home is safe.

Tips to Stay Safe

Have Your Appliances Checked by a Gas Safe Engineer

It’s important that you check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Registration ID card. You need to confirm that they’re both registered and qualified.

Get to Know the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Knowing the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning is important to ensure you get help as soon as possible. If you suspect that you or someone around you has inhaled carbon monoxide, get them emergency medical assistance immediately.

The main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

  • Tension headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Confusion
  • Stomach pain
  • Difficulty breathing / shortness of breath

The symptoms of low levels of exposure often resemble that of the flu or food poisoning, but without a fever.

Identifying a Gas Leak

It is of the utmost importance that you know how to identify a gas leak. Carbon monoxide is typically odourless and colourless, which makes it difficult to detect. The best way to tell if you have a gas leak is by having a carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you to any gas leaks in your home.

You can find out more about identifying a gas leak on the British Gas website.

Get a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

If you do not already have one, it’s important that you get a carbon monoxide alarm. This will help you identify any gas leaks. Carbon monoxide alarms are inexpensive and available at most DIY shops. The biggest risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is while you’re asleep, having an alarm can help prevent this.

Schedule an Annual Gas Safety Check

Ensure that you schedule an annual gas safety check with a Gas Safe registered engineer. This will help keep your home safe.

What to Do in An Emergency

Another key aspect of staying safe is knowing what to do in an emergency. If you suspect that there is a gas leak, switch off all appliances and the main gas line. You should open all doors and windows to provide ventilation. Do not risk creating any kind of spark (do not turn on any lights or flick and switches). Get outside as quickly as possible. You should also inform your neighbours.

Lastly, call the National Gas Emergency number on 0800 111 999 to inform them of your suspect gas leak.

How to Tell if a Gas Appliance is Unsafe

It’s important that you take care of your gas appliances to ensure they continue to meet the required safety standards. Unsafe gas appliances should be removed from your home and disposed of appropriately.

How to check if you have a faulty boiler:

  • The pilot light continuously blows out
  • There’s a black, brown or scorched area on the appliance
  • A musty smell
  • Any sign of soot
  • More condensation than normal on your windows
  • An orange or yellow flame rather than a blue one

Don’t forget that it’s important to have your annual Gas Safety check conducted by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Gas Safety and Rental Properties

If you are a landlord, you need to remember that you are legally required to make sure that the following is done:

  • Annual Gas Safety Report on all Gas Appliances
  • Smoke Alarms Installed on all Floors and Tested regularly
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Installed and Tested regularly (required for solid fuel heating systems not gas, but highly recommended in any property)
  • Provide the tenant with a copy of each gas certificate at the start and for the life of the tenancy

Gas Safety Awareness

Help us raise awareness of gas safety by sharing this article. By sharing this article you’re supporting Gas Safety Week and helping to keep your friends and family safe.

This article is for information purposes only. It’s absolutely essential that you schedule an annual gas safety check with a registered Gas Safe engineer. All information has been sourced from the Gas Safe Register, the NHS and the Health and Safety Executive.

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