Staying Gas SafeJuly 12, 2019
Any household with gas equipment or appliances on or in their home must consider the risk of having unsafe gas work done. Here are some things you should do:
Check your equipment
When was the last time the gas equipment in your home was checked? Gas equipment must be checked for safety every year and regularly serviced by registered Gas Safe engineers. Find out why this is very important and check what your technician will do.
Did you install a new gas appliance?
There are lots of things to think about when purchasing a new gas appliance. You should seek advice on making sure the process runs as simply and as well-informed as it can be and that your device is installed safely.
Buy a new home?
There are so many things to think about when buying a new property so that gas security may not be at the top. Make sure you know what to look out for and how to make sure your new home is safe.
I have a dangerous sticker on my device
If an engineer has identified a gas-related hazard in your home, they will install a Danger label. Do not use warnings to install dangerous gases and give you warning notifications. Find out the meaning of this warning notification and what actions you should take if you get it.
Repair your home?
If you think about home improvement, you might be tempted to save money and do it yourself. However, if you work on gas equipment without qualifications, you can endanger your life and that of others.
Risk of unsafe gas equipment
Unsafe gas equipment can endanger your life. Make sure you know the potentially dangerous consequences and warning signs to watch out for. Ensure your exterior meter box and connecting pipes are in good order and protecting. For Pipe Protectors, visit https://www.meterbox.co.uk/external-maintenance
Gas safety tips
Check all gas equipment in the security of your property every year by registered Gas Safe engineers. As part of each safety check, make sure that the engineer performs a rigorous pipe test to ensure there are no gas leaks, and visual inspection of accessible gas pipes must also be completed to ensure the installation is in good condition.
Make sure you ask to see your Safe Gas Registration ID engineer on the front and back.
Stay alert to the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, collapse, and loss of consciousness.
Look for warning signs that the gas appliance is not working properly – lazy yellow fire, excessive condensation and black stains. However, gas equipment can be unsafe without showing these symptoms, so the best practice is to check it every year.
Buy a carbon monoxide alarm that sounds marked EN 50291 and attach it near your gas appliance. An alarm is a strong second line of defence against carbon monoxide poisoning.
Use gas equipment only for the intended purpose, eg do not use the stove to heat the room.
Provide adequate ventilation for gas equipment to burn properly and make sure there are no air vents or clogged chimneys.
If you are a tenant on a rental property, make sure your owner gives you an annual gas safety check.