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Stay Gas Safe this Winter

December 23, 2020 featured image

Gas Safe Register has launched a new winter campaign designed to keep people ‘gas safe’ throughout the months when we spend the most amount of time indoors.

The campaign includes the strap line: Search. Service. Safe, a message which is being distributed through television and radio adverts, broadcast across multiple channels from now until the end of March. Gas Safe has also worked with some of Instagram’s best DIY home renovators to promote the campaign on social media.

There’s a free downloadable guide for householders on its website

The leaflet states: ‘It’s likely we’ll be spending a lot more time at home this winter. So, it’s important to make sure your gas appliances are working safely. There are three simple steps to remember when it comes to staying gas safe in your home: Search. Service. Safe.’

SEARCH

Gas Safe urges consumers to check their register – the only list of registered gas engineers who are qualified to work legally on gas appliances – before calling out an engineer to fix or service an appliance.

It also highlights the importance of checking an engineer’s ID card, and making sure they are qualified to work on the appropriate appliance by looking on the back of the card.

SERVICE

All gas appliances should be serviced and maintained on an annual basis.

SAFE

Householders are urged to keep an eye on their appliances to spot anything unusual:

  1. Check your gas flame: Has it become yellow, lazy and floppy? A yellow flame may indicate a problem with the appliance.
  2. Check for sooting or staining. Dark staining around an appliance may mean that it’s not working safely.
  3. Check that vents and chimneys are clear. Gas appliances need ventilation.

An engineer should be called if any of these problems are apparent as they could point to the presence of the deadly gas, Carbon Monoxide.

The leaflet reminds us that gas appliances should be used only for their appropriate purpose and urges householders to fit an audible Carbon Monoxide detector before listing the symptoms of CO poisoning:

Headaches – Nausea – Dizziness – Breathlessness – Collapse – Loss of consciousness

Urgent medical attention should be sought if any of these conditions are apparent, all gas appliances turned off and windows and doors opened to gain fresh air.

The Gas Emergency Helpline is 0800 111 999 and should be called when necessary.

If you’re a gas installer, use this campaign to remind your customers about the importance of gas safety.

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