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These shocking figures show an alarming rate of near misses

September 17, 2014 featured image

Do your customers take gas safety for granted? It is quite possible. Shocking figures from Gas Safe Register reveal that nearly 70,000 households have come close to potentially fatal incidents involving gas in the past year alone.

A survey of Gas Safe-certified engineers found that over half of those questioned had discovered appliances so dangerous that they had to be turned off immediately to prevent an accident. We hear the same things from engineers at our training centres. Many engineers we meet have encountered dangerous work left by a previous engineer or an appliance that should not be in use.

Faulty gas cookers, boilers and gas fires were the most commonly defective apparatus, with 57 per cent of engineers encountering one or more of the dangerous appliances in just the past 12 months.

One in six of the households inspected by Gas Safe engineers was found to be using a dangerous appliance. Would your customers know if they were using a faulty appliance?

The UK’s Gas Distribution Networks reported that its experts were forced to deal with over 70,000 unsafe appliances during emergency callouts in the past year, a number expected to rise by the end of the year.

Birmingham is thought to be the worst place in the UK for gas safety with an incredible one third of homes thought to have an unsafe gas appliance.

You can read more Here.

Over the past three years there have been 31 deaths and over 1,000 injuries that have resulted from gas related incidents. Considering the amount of dangerous situations described by engineers, this figure is surprisingly low. It may be down to luck, which is not something you want to rely on especially if you have a family.

Keep the UK Gas Safe aware and make sure you tweet your safety suggestions, as well as making the right recommendations to your customers.

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