Gas is a fantastic addition to any home, and it helps with so many everyday tasks. However, gas can be fatal when not managed correctly.
The following seven gas safety tips will keep your home safe and ensure you are confident about dealing with any unforeseen problem.
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You must have a Gas Safety Certificate
The gas safety certificate, or the gas safety record, details all gas work or repairs undertaken in your home. This record shows your appliances are safe to use and that your home is in good order when it comes to gas.
Landlords are legally required to have this document in place, but it is helpful for all homeowners to obtain this certification.
Arrange for an Annual Gas Safety Check
Property owners should arrange for an annual gas safety check to be carried out by a qualified Gas Safe Register Engineer. This engineer should have an ID detailing their qualifications and ability to review your home.
The check will include a review of the gas pipework in your property, and the engineer will check the pipes to ensure they are tight and that no leaks are present. All being well, the check can be completed in around 20 to 30 minutes.
The peace of mind that comes with this annual gas safety check is a great comfort to all households.
Install a carbon monoxide detector
These detectors must be present in rental property by law, so please check with your landlord if you are renting. However, if you own property, it is recommended that you have a carbon monoxide detector in place, especially if you own and use a boiler, a stove or fuel-burning fire. Be sure to test the sensor regularly.
Spot the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide gas is a clear and silent killer, so it is vital you can spot the six leading symptoms associated with this style of poisoning. If you have suffered a gas leak, or you think there is one in your home, please be aware of these ailments:
• Being out of breath
• Losing consciousness
If you experience any of these conditions, or a loved one has, and you have reason to believe you have been exposed to carbon monoxide, please contact your doctor or emergency services.
Don’t play around with gas appliances
Gas appliances should only be used for their intended purpose, and they should be correctly. Please make sure your gas appliance is installed correctly, and that it has suitable surroundings.
These appliances require sufficient ventilation, so make sure that any applicable air vents aren’t blocked.
Look out for problems with your gas appliance
If your appliance isn’t working as it should, you are at greater risk of problems arising. Keep an eye out for cracks or black, sooty marks on the machine. Also, listen out for clunking noises.
If you have any concerns over your appliance, it is best to call out a Gas Safe Register Engineer to review your appliance for you.
Remain calm in an emergency
If you can smell gas or you think there is a gas problem at home, please follow these steps:
• Open all windows and doors to assist with ventilation
• Turn off the gas emergency valve control
• Exit the property
• Contact National Emergency Gas by calling 0800 111 999
The adviser will ask you questions about the situation, and they will advise you of what to do next. Please remember not to smoke, have naked flames or use electrical switches when reacting to a gas emergency.
We hope you never have to deal with a gas leak or problem, but if you do, stay calm. These seven gas safety tips will help keep you, your home and belongings, and your loved ones safe.
For enquiry on our boiler and heating services, please contact us on 07771 956641 and we are here to help you.