It’s Gas Safety Week, a drive by the Gas Safe Register drive to raise awareness of gas safety to end-users. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Logic4training is urging all installers to use this opportunity to remind their customers of the importance of gas safety and encourage them to get their appliances serviced annually. End-users must make sure that only employ a Gas Safe Registered Engineer and always check that they’ve got an ID card – show yours voluntarily to help promote the Gas Safe Register.
As part of the week, the Gas Safe Register is working with major gas appliance retailers B&Q and Comet, with events held at their stores nationwide. More details of these events can be found of the Gas Safe Register’s website.
Make your customers aware these top tips to stay Gas Safe:
1. Have all your gas appliances, including boilers, gas cookers and gas fires, safety checked annually.
2. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and check gas appliances in your home – it’s the law and will help keep you safe.
3. Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check the back of the card to ensure they are qualified to carry out the specific type of gas work you need.
4. Find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500
5. Recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
6. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
7. Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm for your home and make sure it is located near to your gas appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance. Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill.
8. Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose e.g. don’t use a gas oven to heat a room or use a gas barbeque inside the house.
9. Always ensure there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to allow them to burn correctly and make sure you are not blocking any air vents that provide an air supply to the gas appliance.
10. Anybody working with gas has to be Gas Safe registered by law. Report someone working without registration or call Gas Safe Register on the free phone number 0800 408 5500.
To join the Gas Safe Register you must be undertake relevant training to meet the requirements of the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS). Logic4training runs ACS gas courses at its centres in Northolt, Luton and Basildon.