Gas Safety Week 2017
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is proud to once again be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017. Taking place from 18th – 24th September, the annual event raises awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.
Co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register - the official list of engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas – Gas Safety Week is more than just a general consumer awareness campaign. Indeed the seventh annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK work together, to encourage all consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered installers.
With 21 gas-related deaths and over 800 injuries in the last three years, the CIPHE is urging consumers to have their appliances checked annually, so they can rest assured they are working safely and efficiently. Only ever use a Gas Safe registered engineer. Not only is it illegal to use a non-registered installer, but to do so would put you at risk of using an unsafe gas appliance. No one wants to return home to a potentially lethal boiler which could cause a fire, gas leak, explosion and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Kevin Wellman, CEO of the CIPHE commented, “Once again the Institute is proud to support Gas Safety Week and work with our friends over at Gas Safe to promote Gas Safe Registered engineers. As a body concerned with protecting the public health, the CIPHE has a long history of welcoming accredited gas engineers into our ranks.
“This year we are going a bit further than the usual gas safety messages. Recent initiatives, such as our Smarttalk campaign on non-complaint gas parts, are highlighting the growing black market in counterfeit or non-compliant boiler parts. It’s no longer just the case that consumers need to be aware of illegal installers. Registered engineers have to be ahead of the game where it comes to increasingly sophisticated counterfeit goods too as they will bear responsibility for leaving customers with systems or parts that are not compliant.”
To find out more on the issues surrounding non-compliant gas parts watch our video with Baxi and Emms Gilmore Liberson via our Smarttalk website To find out more on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide visit our Carbon Monoxide page
To find a CIPHE Gas Safe registered engineer use the online Find a Plumber tool.
To find out about Gas Safety Week 2017 visit https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/