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Gas Safety Week

The week commencing the 17th September is a really important week in terms of raising gas safety awareness throughout the UK.

This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters throughout the week, from tackling illegal gas work to reminding people to avoid DIY when it comes to gas appliances and instead leave it the experts – registered engineers who are legally qualified to make sure your appliances are working safely and efficiently.

With over 21.5 million gas customers in the UK alone, there is a real importance to spread the awareness of the dangers of natural gas within your homes and any precautions that should be taken. See our top 5 tips to gas safety below!

Smell
1)      One key attribute of natural gas within your home is that it is added with a smell that allows for gas leakages to be recognised, so the leak can be dealt with as soon as possible. Even with this added aroma, we wouldn’t fully recommend relying on this as a method of detecting a leak, and if you are concerned about this, we would suggest calling a Gas Safe registered engineer as soon as possible.

Ventilation
2)      You should always try to allow for enough ventilation for gas appliances to burn correctly and safely. If there is not an adequate amount of ventilation for your gas appliances, then there could be a large build up of Carbon Monoxide within your home. These fumes are very dangerous to inhale and could lead to fatal consequences in severe circumstances.

Carbon Monoxide alarm
3)      Carbon Monoxide alarms are a great way of alerting you if there is a carbon monoxide leak within your home. If installed correctly, the alarm should make you aware as soon as any form of carbon monoxide is detected, allowing you to exit the building safety and take relevant action, however, this shouldn’t be used as a first form of defence and adequate action should try to be enforced prior to the alarm being installed.

Be aware of the key symptoms
4)      If there is a Carbon Monoxide leakage from within your home, you could be vulnerable to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. There are a number of different symptoms that could help you identify this;

1. Doug

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea and being sick
  • Collapsing
  • Chest pain
  • Ataxia
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

Gas Safe registered engineer
5)      Lastly, you should ensure that all gas appliances you have fitted within your home are fitted by a Gas Safe registered engineer. In the UK, it is legally mandatory to have a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit any gas appliances within your home as these engineers would have passed a strict training course and proved they are capable of dealing with different situations involving natural gas throughout the home. We would also highly recommend having a Gas Safe registered engineer to check your gas appliances on a yearly basis. You can find a local Gas Safe registered engineer here via the official Gas Safe register online.

If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.