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Gas safety week: 5 top tips to make your property gas secure

Property Reporter
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13th September 2021
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This week is Gas Safety Week and to increase awareness Ideal Heating are sharing their top advice on gas safety in the home, workplace and for landlords.

The annual event is taking place this year between 13th-19th September with the aim of raising awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances. Unsafe gas appliances can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and leaks. According to the Gas Safe Register, 1 in 6 homes has a dangerous gas appliance.

Problems with gas can be a serious health concern and even a threat to life and yet many buildings around the UK aren’t getting the checks they need to make sure they are safe.

Elizabeth Wilkinson, Product Manager at Ideal Heating said: “Ideal Heating is proud to support Gas Safety Week. It is vital that homeowners, landlords and tenants understand the simple steps they can take to ensure gas appliances are installed and maintained safely and correctly. We would encourage all our customers to take a moment to recap on key points around gas safety.”

To help avoid unwanted breakdowns and risks to your safety, here are 5 top tips from Ideal Heating:

1: Check your appliances for warning signs!

If you see yellow, lazy flames on your gas hob, rather than the usual blue ones, your hob needs to be checked immediately.

Any staining or excessive soot buildup on or around appliances might also signal problems.

If your appliance has a pilot light, do you have to relight it? If so you should get your appliance checked.

Is your appliance performing differently to normal or displaying fault lights or codes? Time for a Gas Safe registered engineer to check it.

Check when you last had your gas appliance serviced and ensure you regularly have it maintained.

2: Get annual checks by a Gas Safe registered engineer

Your gas appliances need a safety check every year - failing to correctly maintain your appliance could lead to serious problems including carbon monoxide poisoning.

When having your service done, only use Gas Safe Registered engineers. This includes when installing any appliances too. Make sure you insist on seeing their Gas Safe ID card.

If you are renting, this responsibility falls to your landlord for appliances that are provided by them. Ask for their Gas Safety Record and ask them to ensure gas appliances, fittings and chimneys are safe (in line with the Gas Safety Regulations 1998). If you have your own gas appliances in the rented property it is your responsibility to ensure that they are regularly maintained and serviced.

Always ensure that your Gas Safe engineer has a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions and services your appliance in accordance with these. Your appliance manufacturer will be able to help if you don’t have a copy.

3: Never block the ventilation around your appliance

A lack of ventilation around appliances - whether indoors or outdoors - can lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide.

Ensure any gas appliances have good ventilation and are used in the intended way.

4: Get a carbon monoxide detector and Don't forget to test it regularly

Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide (and smoke) detector in your property. Early warnings can save lives!

It’s also important to be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. The 6 main symptoms to look out for are headaches, dizziness, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness and loss of consciousness.

Test your carbon monoxide alarm regularly and check that the alarm is still within the expiry date printed on the alarm.

5: Know how to react if there’s a leak

If you think there could be a gas leak or carbon monoxide leak in the home, immediately turn off the gas and open windows and doors to ventilate the property. Do not operate any lights or electrical switches. Leave the house and contact the Gas Emergency service and do not re-enter the property until it is safe to do so. For LPG appliances where the leak is indoors, turn off the gas at the manual outlet valve on the tanks or cylinder(s), open windows and doors to ventilate the property, and do not operate any light switches or electrical switches. Contact your gas supplier so they can make the installation safe and call the Fire Brigade on 999 and advise that there is an LPG Cylinder(s) or tank at your property.

The Gas Emergency Services number is 0800 111 999 – make a note of this and make sure all responsible persons in the property are aware of it.

If you suspect you have been exposed to carbon monoxide, or are experiencing any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning then you need to seek immediate medical assistance

Knowing what to do in an emergency saves lives and you can find all the advice you need by visiting the Gas Safe Register website here

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