Created: 18 September 2019
As part of Gas Safety Week, British Gas has asked Andrew to share the below gas safety tips and advice with constituents.
Andrew adds, "British Gas has identified more than 26,000 unsafe and dangerous gas and electric appliances in homes they visited in the first 7 months of this year alone. The aim of Gas Safety Week is to highlight how crucial it is to have gas appliances checked and serviced every year by an engineer on the Gas Safe Register."
Below are six simple steps to help keep you safe and warm in your home:
•Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
•Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
•Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
•Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
•Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
•Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
Find out more here: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/