Taking care of your gas appliances
If your home has gas appliances or fittings, you need to be aware of the risks of unsafe gas work and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning (a highly poisonous and dangerous gas that you are unable to see, smell, or taste.)
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Here are a few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.
Simple Checks to keep you safe
Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this.
It is a legal requirement that your engineer is Gas Safe registered, this will help to ensure any work carried out within your home is safe, legal and professional. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk.
e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and on the Gas Safe Register website.
Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
Tips to keep your friends and family safe
Some people may be unable to arrange their own gas safety check or may be unaware of what they need to do to keep safe. Help your loved ones by ensuring that they have their appliances checked and serviced regularly.
- Loss of consciousness.
Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.