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Gas Safety Week 2019

Gas Safety Week is a campaign which aims to raise awareness regarding the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances. The Gas Safety Week’s website has lots of information about the dangers of gas, and here are some top tips you should follow.

Safety Tips

Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when fitting, fixing and servicing your appliances. It is vital that you do this as they are the only trained individuals who can safely fix your appliance. You can find a registered individual by clicking here.

Once you have booked an engineer, check both sides of the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID. The back of the card shows you what work they are qualified to do and ensure that the work you need is on the list.

One of the most important tips is to have your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked annually. A boiler service checks that your boiler is working effectively and safely. It also shows whether anything may start to need replacing in the immediate future- just like in a car service. Failing to do regular boiler services/checks can be incredibly dangerous if the boiler is defective.

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous products from a faulty boiler. It is a silent killer as it cannot be smelt or seen. Purchasing an audible carbon monoxide alarm could save your life! It works just like a fire alarm, but instead alerts you if there is carbon monoxide present. You can purchase a carbon monoxide alarm from Direct Heating Supplies by clicking here.

As it is so dangerous, you should know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Unsafe gas appliances which leak carbon monoxide can cause headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. The last two can happen quickly if exposed to large amounts of carbon monoxide.

Gas Safety Week is a great initiative to promote awareness for your boiler’s maintenance and safety. You can find more information about the scheme here where they also have more tips for staying safe.