7 steps to gas safety
Gas Angel is proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2020, this year is the 10th anniversary and it is taking place 14 – 20 September.
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 coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without 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.
1. Check all gas appliances annually
Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget or sign up to Gas Angel Cover and we’ll remind you 2-3 weeks before your boiler service or gas safety check is due.
2. Look out for friends and relatives with gas boilers
Some people may be unable to arrange their own gas safety check or may be unaware of what they need to do to keep safe. Help your loved ones by ensuring that they have their appliances checked and serviced regularly.
3. Always check your boiler engineer is Gas Safe registered
You can check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
4. Check your boiler 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 on the Gas Safe Register website.
5. Check for signs that may indicate your gas boiler or appliance is not working correctly
Signs may include a pilot light that keeps going out, too much condensation in the room, lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones or black marks on or around the appliance.
6. Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse, and loss of consciousness.
7. Install a carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too
Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.
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