We're supporting Gas Safety Week 2019

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2019, taking place 16th-22nd September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of looking after your gas appliances. It is organised by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe:

  • Check your gas appliances every year. Like all landlords we have a legal duty to carry out a safety check every year on the gas appliances in your home. It takes no longer than an hour and we carry them out as part of your tenancy agreement

  • Look out for friends and relatives. 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

  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500

  • Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing 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

  • Check for warning signs that could indicate your (or others) appliances aren't working. 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

  • Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness

  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark

For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

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16th September 2019 | 2019