Posted on 14 September 2021
We may have had a late summer heatwave, but before we know it, we’ll be thinking about turning our heating on. This week is Gas Safety Week (13 to 19 September) and it’s the ideal time to focus on keeping safe in our homes.
“It’s vital that everyone takes care of their gas appliances, such as boilers and fires, in their home and practises good gas safety,” said Stuart MacLean, Hyde’s Domestic Gas Contract Manager. “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.”
Here are few simple checks to keep you, your family and your community 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.
We'll normally contact you a few 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 and any other gas appliances in your home should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You can set a reminder so you don't forget at Stay Gas Safe.
Check the engineer is Gas Safe registered
Our Property Maintenance team, and our partners T Brown, Village Heating and Paynes Heating have Gas Safe registered engineers, who will be happy to show their Gas Safe Register ID card (see who your contractor is). 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.
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.
Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
The six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are: headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm
Fitting an audible alarm 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 gas safety page.