New research from Gas Safe Register shows around 5 million people are put at risk from CO poisoning, gas leaks and explosions by illegal gas engineers around the UK.
Gas Safe Register is the nation’s only official legal gas registration scheme.
Thanks to its recent study (4 years worth of data) they were able to find that 65% of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters around the UK were unsafe. Also 1/5 gas appliances were so dangerous that were disconnected immediately.
The study also found what will make someone more likely to employ a trades person, and the results include the following;
- Recommendations (53%)
- Personal presentation (41%)
- How official they look (30%)
- Qualifications (11%)
Jonathan Samuel, Chief Executive of Gas Safe Register:
“Our investigation team’s data shows how dangerous it is to let unregistered gas fitters carry out work in your home. We are therefore calling on people to ‘trust the triangle’ by checking for the Gas Safe Register logo on gas fitters’ ID cards, and help keep their families safe by only employing registered engineers who are qualified to work on the appliance in question.”
Gas Safe Register Top Tips
To help keep you and your family safe, her are some top tips you should follow from Gas Safe Register;
- Only employ a legal Gas Safe registered engineer. You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or by visiting www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
- Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
- 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.
- If you suspect that someone is an illegal fitter or are worried about gas work carried out in your home, please contact Gas Safe Register.