Gas Safe Register’s annual Gas Safety Week is back for its sixth year, to raise awareness amongst homeowners and landlords about the importance of having gas appliances serviced regularly.
No one wants to be the victim of a poorly maintained gas appliance, so throughout the week organisations, including us at HomeServe, are pulling out all the stops to educate others about gas safety.
In conjunction with the event we’ve unleashed the results of the Trusted Trader 2016 study, which reveals the most trusted traders in the UK. One in five homeowners who took part in the study, rated gas and heating engineers the highest, closely followed by electricians and plumbers.
And, when it comes to preferred attributes, 67% said trustworthiness is the most important, with honesty, reliability, high-quality workmanship and qualifications not far behind. In fact, when it comes to choosing a trader, it’s really important they’re Gas Safe registered, just like all our engineers here at HomeServe.
As part of the campaign, Gas Safe Register has shared six, simple tips for staying safe and warm in your home. Take a look and don’t forget to spread the word and share them with your family and friends…
Always check the ID card
Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fix, service and fit gas appliances. To make sure an engineer is fully qualified to do the job, check both sides of his Gas Safe Register ID card.
Service and safety check your appliances regularly
Make sure all your gas appliances are serviced regularly and are safety checked every year. If you live in a rental property, your landlord can provide you with a copy of their current Gas Safety record.
Test your CO alarm
Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk, so it’s important to know the six signs of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. These include headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapsing and loss of consciousness. There are several signs that a gas appliance may not be working properly – look out for lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones. Black marks or stains on or around the appliance, or too much condensation in the room. Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in your home – it’ll alert you if there’s any carbon monoxide present.
This is just a taster of what you can expect to see throughout this week, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for even more hints, tips and advice to staying safe.