It may be the end of the summer, but it’s the start of Gas Safety Week 2019! Taking place from 16 to 22 September, this year’s event – the ninth of its kind - will see organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. As ever, the CIPHE is a keen supporter of Gas Safety Week, and so we have put together our top tips for gas safety:
Tip 1) Never employ someone who is not Gas Safe registered to work on gas appliances
It’s not only against the law, but it could also cost you your life. Poorly installed and maintained gas appliances are at best unreliable and expensive to fix, and at worst can be deadly. It is never worth the risk.
Tip 2) Don’t forget your annual service!
Gas appliances should be serviced annually to ensure they are working safely and efficiently. Did you know that you can set an annual gas appliance safety check reminder (for free) at www.staygassafe.co.uk?
Tip 3) Make sure you check ID
Installers should always remember to carry their Gas Safe Register ID card and clients should always verify an engineer’s credentials. Anyone can verify a Gas Safe ID online at https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/ and anyone can verify a CIPHE membership card.
Tip 4) Know the signs of incorrectly operating appliances
Be aware of the danger signs that appliances are not working correctly:
- Lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones
- Black marks on or around the appliance
- Too much condensation in the room.
Tip 5) Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
Everyone needs to know the signs, including:
- Collapse and loss of consciousness.
You can find out more on the CIPHE’s Carbon Monoxide page.
Tip 6) Always have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm
To stay safe, households should have an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted. This will alert you if there is a carbon monoxide leak in your home.
Tip 7) Visit the Gas Safety Week website
Packed full of tips, advice, real life stories and articles on gas safety, this is the place to find help and resources: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/
Tip 8) Spread the word
It’s never too late to get involved. Join in on social media using the hashtags #GSW19 and make sure you follow @GasSafetyWeek on twitter.
To find out more about Gas Safety week visit: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek