Keeping the nation safe – Gas Safety Week 2018
Every year, just as summer ends and autumn begins, we celebrate Gas Safety Week. Taking place from 17th to 23rd September 2018, this year’s event – the eighth 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 eight tips to ensure that both installers and the general public stay safe and get the best out of the week:
1) Everyone should 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 resources and pledge your support: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/
2) Never employ a non-Gas Safe registered engineer 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.
3) Don’t forget your annual service!
Installers can advise clients to set an annual gas appliance safety check reminder (for free) at www.staygassafe.co.uk
4) Make sure you are ID savvy
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 at https://www.ciphe.org.uk/consumer/verify-member/
5) Know the signs of incorrectly operating appliances
Installers, make sure your clients are aware of the danger signs that their 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.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) Get involved!
Join in on social media using the hashtags #GSW18 and make sure you follow @GasSafetyWeek on twitter.
To find out more on Gas Safety week visit https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek