Gas Safety Week 2017

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The Council are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017 which takes place 18th - 24th September.

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety to everybody, and in particular to Landlords and Tenants, and highlight the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.  Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning, which is a highly poisonous gas.  You can't see it, taste i or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

Everybody, house owners, landlords and tenants, has a responsibility to look after and check gas appliances.

Landlords

If you are a landlord, you are legally obliged to ensure that

  • Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition
  • All appliances and flues provided for tenants use have an annual safety check.  Why not set a reminder so you don't forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk
  • Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register
  • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting
  • Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
  • You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for 2 years.

Before any gas work is carried out, always check the engineers ID card and ensure that they are qualified for the work you need doing.  Encourage your tenants to do the same.

To find and check an engineer go to www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500

Tenants

Follow these simple checks to keep you and your family safe.

  • Check your Landlords Gas safety Record.  By law your landlord must keep gas appliances supplied for you to use in good condition.  They should arrange a gas safety check every 12 months and give you a record of the check.
  • Check any gas appliances you own every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer.  Set yourself a reminder so you don't forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk
  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered.  You can find and check an engineer at www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500
  • Check the engineers Gas Safe Register ID card.  Make sure that they are qualified for the work you need doing.  You can find this information on the back of the ID card.
  • Check for warning signs that your appliances are not working correctly eg lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  • Know the 6 signs of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm.  This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

Home Owners

By taking care of your gas appliances, you are taking care of your home and your loved ones.  Follow these simple checks to keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • Check your gas appliances every year.  Gas appliances should be safety checked and serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check your engineers ID Card.  Make sure that they are qualified to do what you are asking.  This information is  on the back of the card.
  • Check for warning signs that your appliances are not working correctly. Are the flames lazy yellow or orange instead of being a crisp blue?  Are there black marks on or around the appliance?  Is there a lot of condensation in the room?
  • Know the 6 signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm.  This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home. 

 

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