10 top tips to stay gas safe
We all know gas safety is important , but it is not always our top priority at home and with everything else we’ve got going on, it can easily slip our mind.
The Gas Safe Register announces ‘Gas Safety Week’.
Every September, for one week, businesses like Gas Angel Heating turn their focus on communicating the importance of gas safety.
With this in mind, Gas Safe have compiled a list of helpful ways to keep you safe and warm this winter.
Top 10 Gas Safe tips
1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call Gas Angel on 0191 289 3464 – we’re a Gas Safe registered business (Gas Safe number 231975).
2. Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
3. Have all your gas appliances, including your boiler serviced annually and safety checked every year. If you’re a landlord remember that it’s your legal duty to keep your Landlord Gas Safety Record (formerly CP12) up to date.
4. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
5. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
6. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
7. Keep vents and chimneys clear. Make sure you don’t block any vents, as they are vital to ensure gas appliances burn properly, and chimneys need to be cleaned and checked regularly.
8. Use gas appliances only for their intended purpose. Don’t be tempted to use them for something they weren’t meant for (e.g never use a gas cooker to heat a room).
9. Spread the word. Share this vital gas safety information with your family, friends and neighbours to make sure your family and community stays safe.
10. Learn the gas emergency procedure. If you smell gas or suspect immediate danger, you should call 0800 111 999 and observe the following procedure…
– Get fresh air immediately and ventilate the area (open all doors and windows)
– Turn off gas at the meter via the emergency control valve (emergency shut off valve)
– Put out naked flames and don’t smoke
– Not operate electrical switches (including lights) as this can ignite escaping gas
– Visit your GP or hospital immediately if you feel unwell and tell them you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide
– Follow the advice from any attending emergency operative, particularly if he/she identifies an issue with any gas appliances
– Contact Gas Angel on 0191 289 3464 if it is advised you need a Gas Safe registered engineer to fix an appliance and check it’s safe
– Don’t turn the gas supply on again until it’s been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Need to book a boiler service or Gas Safety check?
If you have any questions, or need to book a Gas Safe engineer…
Call 0191 289 3464
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