Are you prepared for Gas Safety Week 2019?

Gas Safety Week (16-22 September 2019) sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Scott Darroch is Head of Strategic Communications and Engagement at Gas Safe Register

Scott Darroch is Head of Strategic Communications and Engagement at Gas Safe Register

9 September 2019

It may be surprising to hear us say it, but we know that gas safety isn’t always at the front of everyone’s minds – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

We are the Gas Safe Register, the official body who licences those who are legally qualified to work on gas appliances. Only a Gas Safe registered engineer should fit, fix, or service gas appliances.

Part of our role includes working with important stakeholders like the National Housing Federation who can help us get vital gas safety messages to the public – your customers and residents know and trust you, and we know that you are great emissaries for the gas safety message and we are delighted to have your support for Gas Safety Week this year.

Gas Safety Week, is an awareness raising week and a timely reminder to millions of people how to ensure their staff, family, friends, tenants and colleagues stay gas safe and the importance of taking care of gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register and supported by thousands of organisations helping to keep our nation gas safe.

We all know that in the right hands gas is safe, but poorly fitted and badly maintained gas appliances or equipment can put you at risk of gas leaks, fires explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.  

We recommend that all gas appliances are checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year. Before any gas work is carried out always check the engineer is qualified to carry out the work that needs doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler, cooker, gas hob, gas fire. You can find this information on the Gas Safe Register website or by checking the back of the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. We encourage householders to check the identity of the gas engineer when they arrive to carry out gas work. It is important to remember all gas work is different, and the back of the ID card tells you if they’re registered for the specific job you need them to do.   

Landlords must make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out every year and a Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.

Gas pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.

All gas appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use have an annual safety check. You can set a free email and/or text reminder, so you don’t forget, visit StayGasSafe.co.uk. For more information and to find or arrange an engineer visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500. 

Here are our top tips for staying safe.

Gas Safety Week 2019 is 16-22 September and sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Find out how you can get involved.

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