Gas Safety week falls this year between 16-22nd September and it’s the ideal time to check your gas appliances, organise a service, and brush up on the best safety tips to safeguard you and your family.
Your gas appliances will probably be heavily used at home – warming your radiators, providing hot water for baths, showers and the washing machine and cooking meals. So it’s important that they are regularly serviced to maintain a healthy and long working life and to ensure that they are safe. Remember, carbon monoxide has no odour, and is the cause of thousands of deaths in the UK every year. The danger can be avoided with regular servicing and maintenance.
Make sure you organise an annual service from a Gas Safe registered engineer. This will include your gas fires, gas cookers and gas boiler. You will be given a safety certificate afterwards and it is good practice to make a note of when you’ll next need the annual service.
Make sure you have any appliances fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer too. This is the law, and it’s designed to keep you safe. All of Home Appliance Care’s engineers are registered on the Gas Safe register, experienced and highly trained. They will carry out a full safety check when they install your appliance, and provide you with certification so that you know it is safe.
Our engineers always carry their Gas Safe ID card, and it’s important that you ask any gas fitting engineer to show this to you. The reverse of the card will explain the specific types of job they are qualified to carry out. Make sure it matches up with the job you’ve booked them to do!
Remember, you can call the Gas Safety Week helpline for information on 0800 408 5500 if you ever have queries.
Other good tips:
- Check your appliances regularly for signs that they aren’t working as they should. Black stains or marks around your appliance, a lazy yellow flame instead of a bright and crisp blue flame, and an excess of condensation in the room are all warning signs.
- Make sure your gas appliances have the right amount of ventilation, and never block these vents.
- To be on the safe side, invest in a carbon monoxide alarm and locate it near to the appliances. It will emit an alarm if it detects a leak; in which case you must call the National Gas Emergency Number on: 0800 111 999.