We rely on our gas appliances to help us stay cosy during winter, but gas safety is equally important during the warmer months. Poor boiler maintenance and irregular servicing can increase the chances of gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
So take a look at the information and useful tips in the following article and make sure you stay gas safe all year round.
Top tips for staying gas safe
By taking care of your gas appliances, you'll be protecting your home and family. Here are our top tips for staying gas safe this summer.
Get a boiler service
Make sure your boiler's serviced regularly, as poorly maintained gas appliances can result in health problems.
- Always use an approved engineer
Ensure that only approved engineers carry out maintenance work on your gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be listed on the Gas Safe Register.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm
You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide but nevertheless, it's a highly poisonous gas which is produced when a gas appliance has been poorly fitted and maintained. To stay safe, install a carbon monoxide alarm near to your gas appliances.
If you have a gas leak
If you suspect that there's a gas leak in your home, take a look at our gas leak advice.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Find out more about carbon monoxide and learn how to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous substance which results from the incomplete burning of gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). This harmful gas can be produced when a gas appliance has been fitted incorrectly, badly repaired or poorly maintained.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
It's important to be aware of the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, as it can kill quickly and with little warning.
Know the symptoms
It can be difficult to identify the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, as they're common symptoms of many illnesses. The six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
- Loss of consciousness
What to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning
If you suspect that you or a member of your family are experiencing any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, it's important to seek professional help straight away.
Visit your doctor or your local hospital and explain the situation. Next, get all of your gas appliances checked by an engineer on the Gas Safe Register before using them again.
The Gas Safe Register
Find out more about the Gas Safe Register and how it can help you stay gas safe in your home.
What is the Gas Safe Register?
On 1st April 2009, the Gas Safe Register replaced Corgi as the official gas registration body for the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey.
What does the Gas Safe Register do?
Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on gas appliances, such as boilers, cookers and gas fires. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register.
The main focus of the Gas Safe Register is to promote gas safety awareness and ensure that all listed engineers are qualified to work with gas appliances.
How the Gas Safe Register can help you
By choosing an engineer who's on the Gas Safe Register, you can be confident that any gas work in your home is carried out safely and legally. You can find out if your engineer is registered by visiting the Gas Safe Register website.
When an engineer arrives at your home, always ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card before admitting them to your home. The reverse side of the card will tell you which types of gas work they're qualified to carry out.
Find out more about gas safety
To find out more about staying gas safe, take a look at our range of boiler and heating articles. For further information about the Gas Safe Register, visit their website.
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