Gas Safety Week 2020
Gas Safety Week is back and this year hits its 10th anniversary. Taking place from 14 to 20 September, Gas Safety Week 2020 will see installers, organisations and the public, work together as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety.
As an avid supporter of the Gas Safety Week, the CIPHE has put together its top gas safety tips to help spread the word:
Tip 1) Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances
Not only is it against the law to employ an unregistered gas fitter, 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) Service appliances annually!
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 your installer’s ID
Installers should always 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/
While we’re on the subject, did you also know that you can verify a CIPHE membership card online too? Simply visit https://www.ciphe.org.uk/consumer/verify-member/
Tip 4) Know the signs of incorrectly operating appliances
Be aware of the danger signs that appliances are not working correctly. These include:
- Lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones
- Black marks on or around the appliance
- Too much condensation in the room.
If you spot any of these signs, it’s time to call in a registered professional to have your appliance checked over. It’s better safe than sorry.
Tip 5) Know the signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
Everyone needs to know the signs, including:
- Collapse and loss of consciousness.
These symptoms can be easy to confuse with coronavirus, so it’s vital to be extra vigilant. You can find out more about CO poisoning and symptoms 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. Portable alarms are a must to take on holiday too.
Tip 7) Test your alarm
Just like your smoke alarms, you should test your Carbon Monoxide alarm regularly. This is especially important if you have a battery powered alarm.
Tip 8) 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 9) Spread the word
It’s never too late to get involved. Join in on social media using the hashtags #GSW20 and make sure you follow @GasSafetyWeek on twitter.
To find out more about Gas Safety week visit: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek