Posted on 13 September 2016
The Hyde Group is once again supporting Gas Safety Week, to help raise awareness of gas safety among its residents and the importance of taking care of gas appliances.
“Badly-fitted and poorly-serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning,” explained Hyde Head of Compliance Liz Dunn.
“Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide is highly poisonous. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning. By taking care of your gas appliances, you are taking care of your home and your loved ones,” she said.
Hyde advises its residents to make a few simple checks to keep themselves and their families safe.
Annual gas safety checks
By law, Hyde has to arrange a gas safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer in each of its homes every 12 months. Hyde normally contacts residents several weeks before the anniversary date to arrange an appointment and make sure that the check is completed in time. Residents can check when their next gas safety check is due by contacting us. The simplest way to contact us is online.
Check gas appliances once a year
Gas cookers or any other gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Residents can set a reminder so they do not forget at staygassafe.co.uk.
Check the engineer is Gas Safe registered
Hyde’s partners Mears and T Brown and Hyde Property Services have engineers that are Gas Safe registered and will be happy to show their Gas Safe Register ID card. If in doubt, residents can contact Hyde to check that the engineer has been authorised to visit their home. They can also check an engineer’s qualifications at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Check for warning signs that appliances are not working correctly
The appliance may not be working correctly if there are lazy yellow or orange flames rather than crisp blue ones; if there are black marks on or around the appliance and if there is a lot of condensation in the room.
Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm
This will alert occupants if there is carbon monoxide in the home. Hyde’s gas engineers can supply and fit these when they carry out a gas safety check.
For more information, residents can visit our gas safety page.
The sixth annual Gas Safety Week, which takes place between 19-25 September, is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers legally allowed to work on gas appliances. For more information visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.