Do you have gas appliances in your home? Did you know it’s best practice to get them safety checked at least once a year?
Gas appliances such as fires, ovens and boilers that are left unchecked could be dangerous and leak carbon monoxide. As a partner of the Gas Safety Trust we’re committed to raising awareness of gas safety among homeowners and ensuring gas professionals work to the highest standards.
Here are our top 3 gas safety tips to help you stay safe:
1. Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector – you may already have a smoke alarm in your home, but did you know it’s equally important for you to have a carbon monoxide detector?
Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ because it’s odourless, tasteless and colourless. It’s also toxic, as the gas can prevent your body from properly transporting oxygen. If inhaled in high concentrations, carbon monoxide poisoning can happen quickly; it can also occur slowly as a result of toxic gas levels building up over time.
Carbon monoxide detectors are available for around £15 in most hardware shops and work in the same away as smoke alarms. If carbon monoxide is present in your home, the detector will beep to alert you.
Look for a detector that complies with the British Standard EN 502291 and carries a British or European approval mark, such as a Kitemark. And, just as you would with your smoke alarm, make sure you check it’s working and change the batteries regularly. (For information about carbon monoxide poisoning and the prevention work being carried out in the UK, read our news story, ‘Gas safety trust launches new online carbon monoxide portal resource’.)
2. Don’t neglect your checks or services – according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), around 11 people die from gas-related carbon monoxide poisoning every year.
Getting all of your gas appliances safety checked at least every 12 months and regularly serviced according to the manufacturer’s instructions will help avoid any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord is legally required to make sure these checks are carried out for you.
Getting your appliances gas safety checked ensures they’re working properly and that:
3. Appoint an industry-certified professional – whether you need your appliances checked or serviced or any other gas-related work carried out in your home, it’s important you get a good service at a reasonable price.
One of the ways in which you can ensure your work is carried out properly with minimal hassle is to find a Gas Safe registered engineer. The Gas Safe Register is the official register for gas safety and tradespeople. Those who are on this list are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances. (For more information about the Gas Safe Register, visit http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/about/overview.aspx.)
Find out more about our work with homeowners and tradespeople by reading ‘CORGI Services: Providing tradespeople and homeowners with practical support.’