Gas Safety Week is 18th to 24th September. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue has pledged it’s support and will be raising awareness of gas safety throughout the week.
During this, the seventh annual Gas Safety Week, organisations from across the UK will work together to encourage all gas consumers to make sure they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and to advise them on the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
With 21 deaths and over 800 gas related injuries in the last three years it’s crucial that you have your appliances checked every year to be assured that they are working safely and efficiently. It is also important to check that your engineer is Gas Safe registered, anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.
Don’t forget elderly relatives, friends, vulnerable neighbours and people on your community by, if possible, reaching out to them to make sure their gas appliances are regularly serviced at least once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Stay Gas Safe at home by following the tips below:
- Sign up to a free Stay Gas Safe reminder service.
- Be aware of the signs of an unsafe gas appliance such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, soot or staining on or around the appliance and excess condensation in the room.
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can all easily be mistaken for something else.
- Always ask to see an engineers Gas Safe ID card and check it to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question.
- Fit Carbon Monoxide alarms whenever possible.
To find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 080 0408 5500 or visit the Gas Safe Register website.