Gas Safety Week helping to keep our homes safe
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Gas Safety Week
As the nights draw in, and the hot summer fades into a distant memory, families up and down the country will probably be looking to turn their heating on for the first time since the end of spring. Maintaining boilers not only brings efficiency and in some cases financial savings, it also helps keep families gas safe.
As part of their continual promotion, the Gas Safe Register’s, national Gas Safety Week (16th-22nd September 2013) has seen companies from high street giants B&Q and Homebase, to facilities management company Sanctuary Maintenance, right through to national energy providers British Gas and N Power pledge support to spread the gas safety message to the masses.
Throughout the week companies are reminding the general public about the Gas Safe Register’s top tips to help keep British homes gas safe. The guidelines from the Gas Safe Register include:
- Check your gas appliances every year.
Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered.
You can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
- Check 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 engineer’s identity card.
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly.
All appliances should be checked, including your boiler. Flames should be a crisp blue and not be a lazy yellow or orange colour. Other signs to look out for include black marks on or around gas appliances as well as too much condensation in a room.
- Check you have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
- Check you know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning listed below.
As with all safety tips being vigilant is key; with gas safety knowing the side effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can really save lives. If you do one thing today, remember the signs below, you never know when it might come in handy:
For more information on gas safety, please visit the Gas Safe Register’s website: www.gassaferegister.co.uk