Gas safety week is this week (17th – 23rd September), is the eigth annual gas safety week. WPJ Heating is proud to say that we are strong supporters. The Gas Safe Register coordinates the week every year. The official list is of gas engineers who can legally work on gas installations and appliances. Companies across the UK will raise awareness of the dangers associated with ill – maintained gas appliances.
So, WPJ Heating is gas safe registered and we take care of our customers’ homes – it’s our top priority. We believe that it doesn’t end when we deliver a good service, get paid and leave.
Why Gas Safety is important
Poorly installed or badly serviced gas appliances – (gas boilers, heaters, cookers, fireplaces, underfloor heating) can cause gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year, carbon monoxide poisoning affects thousands of people across the UK. It’s a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is especially dangerous because it can kill with no warning. Ensure that you service your gas appliances properly and you’ll be taking care of your home.
Gas Safety Guide
Next, follow this simple guide to make sure that your home is gas safe:
The law states that your landlord has to ensure that gas appliances supplied to you are in good condition. They must arrange regular gas safety checks every year and show you that they have been completed. Landlords will typically also provide a gas safety certificate to show you that your boiler and other gas appliances are safe.
Check that your engineer is gas safe registered. You can check that an engineer is gas safe registered by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk or calling 0800 408 5500. Make sure to check your engineer’s id card and that they are qualified to work on the specific appliance you’ve called them out for. A company may be gas safe registered but it doesn’t mean that all their engineers are qualified to work on any gas appliance. For example, an engineer might have sat exams to be able to work on a boiler, but not a gas cooker. Also check the back of their id card to make sure.
Next, if you notice anything odd about any of your gas appliances, call a gas engineer immediately. For example – weak, yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks around your appliance or too much condensation in the room. If you notice any of these signs, call your gas engineer or arrange a boiler service because they may be a sign. Importantly, don’t attempt to adjust or fix gas appliances yourself.
Third, make sure you have a working, audible carbon monoxide alarm and locate it near any fuel burning appliances. It might be necessary to have more than one carbon monoxide alarm depending on the size of your property. (For example, if your boiler is located in the loft and you have a gas cooker in your kitchen, you’ll need to have an alarm near your gas cooker and another one near your boiler).
Finally, the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapsing and loss of consciousness. Above all, exit the property immediately and call emergency services if you or a family member experience any of these symptoms,.
Gas Safety Emergency
In conclusion, call the national gas emergency helpline 0800 111 999, if you ever smell gas