• Some Simple Tips On How To Stay Gas Safe

    As gas safe week approaches we thought we would

    put together some tips and advise on how to stay gas safe. 

    Many people don’t rely on how dangerous gas can be in the wrong hands. So always be Safe, use Gas Safe

    If you think you can smell gas at any time, then report it. 

    First switch off the gas at the meter, open as many windows as possible, 

    do not switch on any lights or switches, next call the gas company and report the leak. 

    They will advise you on what you need to do next…

    Why is gas safety important?

    How to Stay Gas Safe

    Dangerous gas work can be deadly. 

    Badly fitted and poorly maintained gas appliances can cause:

    • 1. gas leaks
    • 2. fires
    • 3. explosions
    • 4. carbon monoxide poisoning

    Getting all your gas appliances safety checked every year will keep you and your family safe. 

    Checks make sure appliances are working correctly and can reduce your risk of a dangerous situation occurring.

    What is the difference between a gas safety check and a service?

    How to Stay Gas Safe

    A gas safety check assesses the basic safety of gas appliances in your home to ensure they are all working correctly and safely. 

    A Gas Safe registered engineer will assess the following four areas:

    Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
    Harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
    That any ventilation routes are clear and adequate
    All the safety devices are working properly

    A service will consist of a full check of a gas appliance and – in addition to the above checks – 

    the registered engineer will dismantle the appliance to inspect and clean it. 

    The engineer will assess the physical condition of the appliance, installation pipework, air vents and any flues for deterioration. 

    They will carry out performance tests to ensure the appliance is operating safely and efficiently and take any necessary remedial action, alerting you to any issues.

    How often do I need a safety check or service?

    Just like you MOT your car, service or safety check should be carried out every year on all of your gas appliances.

    Rent your home? 

    By law, your landlord must have each gas appliance they provide safety checked once a year and give you a copy of the Landlord’s Gas Safety Record.

    You are responsible for the safety of the gas appliances you own.

    Appliances should be serviced regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

    If the manufacturer’s instructions are not available, an annual service is recommended. 

    Servicing your gas appliances regularly will make sure they are safe to use. 

    It will also maintain the efficiency and performance of your appliances.

    Signs that your appliances need checking or servicing

    Gas appliances should be safety checked/serviced regularly but if you notice any of the warning signs below you should arrange for a 

    Gas Safe registered engineer to safety check or service your appliance immediately:

    You feel unwell when the appliance is operating
    You smell fumes
    Your gas appliance is not working properly
    Your appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame
    You can see black marks or stains on or around your gas appliances
    The pilot light keeps going out
    There is increased condensation in the room

    How much does it cost?

    Independent research shows that gas safety checks range from £60 -£100. Servicing can range from £60 – £120

    As costs vary across the country we recommend that you talk to a Gas Safe registered engineer and ask advice on what you need for your home. 

    For instance, if you are having a service on your boiler it would be a good time to get all other appliances in your home safety checked, such as your gas fire or cooker.

    Ask for a free written quotation from two or three businesses to ensure you are getting the best value.

    Average service costs from Which? research July 2014

    Are any free checks available?

    If you receive benefits and/or are on your energy supplier’s Priority Service Register you may be entitled to get free Gas Safety Checks from your energy supplier.

    Call the number on your gas bill to find out.

    Who can carry out a gas safety check or service?

    Only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas – it’s the law. 

    Always check a gas engineer is on the Register before employing them to carry out work. 

    Check them out at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call our free helpline on 0800 408 5500.

    When your engineer arrives on your doorstep, always ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card before letting them in.

    How long will the safety check or service take?

    It shouldn’t take too long but it will depend on the number of appliances and what type of appliance they are.

    What will I need?

    Always try to make sure you have the manufacturer’s installation and maintenance instructions available for each appliance. 

    The engineer will use these and other industry guidance documents to check the specific requirements for each appliance to ensure it is safe.

    Will I receive a gas safety certificate from the engineer?

    Homeowners: once the Gas Safety Check has been completed they may leave you with a Gas Safety Record that explains which checks have been done. 

    It isn’t a legal requirement that they give you this information, 

    but many Gas Safes registered engineers will. Agree with your engineer what documentation you will receive before they complete the work.

    Tenants: the Gas Safe registered engineer will provide a Gas Safety Record to your landlord and you must receive a copy of it.

    What other certificates could I receive?

    If you have a new or replacement gas appliance (with the exception of most cookers) installed by a registered engineer 

    you should also receive other documents such as a commissioning record and 

    Building Regulations Compliance Certificate. 

    Find out more about Building Regulations at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.

    What about carbon monoxide alarms?

    You should also fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. 

    It will give you an early warning of carbon monoxide in your home,

    but it’s no substitute for having an annual Gas Safety Check and regular servicing by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

    How can I find out more information and contact Gas Safe Register?

    Visit our main website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk for further information. 

    Or contact us directly by calling our free helpline on 0800 408 5500 or email [email protected]

    If you would like some more information on how to stay gas safe, then just enter your details in the box below and request a callback…

    How to Stay Gas Safe