Posted on 11 September 2017
This year’s Gas Safety Week is focusing on family matters and how best to keep your family safe.
“It is vital to ensure that everyone takes care of the gas appliances, such as boilers and fires, in their home and practises good gas safety,” said our Gas Contract Manager Martin Crane. “Badly-fitted and poorly-serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.”
“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,” Martin added.
There are few simple checks to keep you and your family safe:
Annual gas safety checks
By law, we have to arrange a gas safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer in each of our homes every 12 months. You can find out what happens during a gas safety check in this video.
We will normally contact you several weeks before the anniversary date to arrange an appointment and make sure that the check is completed in time. You can check when your next gas safety check is due by contacting us.
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. You can set a reminder so you do not forget at Stay Gas Safe.
Check the engineer is Gas Safe registered
Hyde Property Services, and our partners Mears, T Brown and P&R, have Gas Safe registered engineers, who will be happy to show their Gas Safe Register ID card. If in doubt, you can contact us to check the engineer has been authorised to visit your home. You can also check an engineer’s qualifications at the Gas Safe Register or call 0800 408 5500.
Check for warning signs that appliances are not working correctly
A gas boiler or fire 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. If you suspect something is not working properly, stop using it and contact your local Gas Safe registered engineer via the website GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
Check your heating is working
Gas safety week is a great reminder that it is better to check your home’s heating system now, rather than waiting until it gets colder and to find out it is not working properly. Find out how to check your heating system.
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 you and your family if there is carbon monoxide in your home. Our gas engineers can supply and fit these when they carry out your gas safety check.
For more information, you can visit our webpage dedicated to gas safety.
The seventh annual Gas Safety Week, which takes place between 18-24 September, is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers legally allowed to work on gas appliances. For more information visit the Gas Safe Register website or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.