Gas Safe Register’s top ten tips for gas safety in the home

Gas Safety Week (September 12-18) is upon us, and well-timed it is too with the arrival of Autumn. Many of us will be thinking of turning on the central heating, and perhaps using the gas fire  (or the real fire) for the first time since last winter. When it comes to gas appliances, it’s definitely better to be gas safe than sorry, and with this in mind the Gas Safe Register has put together its top ten tips for gas safety in the home.

  1. Have all your gas appliances, including boilers, gas cookers and gas fires, safety checked annually
  2. Always use a Gas Safe Registered engineer to fit, fix and check gas appliances in your home – it’s the law and will help keep you safe
  3. Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check the back of the card to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific type of gas work you need
  4. To find a Gas Safe Registered engineer in your area, call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500 or go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
  5. Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness
  6. 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
  7. Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm for your home and make sure it is located near to your gas appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance. Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill
  8. Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose e.g. don’t use a gas oven to heat a room or use a gas barbeque inside the house
  9. Always ensure there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to allow them to burn correctly and make sure you are not blocking any air vents that provide an air supply to the gas appliance
  10. Anybody working with gas has to be Gas Safe Registered by law. To report someone working without registration, call Gas Safe Register on the free phone number 0800 408 5500.

Don’t forget: carbon monoxide alarms are not a substitute for regular servicing and maintenance of gas appliances – they are a last line of defence. The RoSPA website has more advice and information on carbon monoxide poisoning.

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