Gas Safety Week is the yearly event that unites installers, businesses and trade organisations from across the heating and hot water industry under one common goal – to keep homeowners and tenants safe from the dangers of unsafe gas appliances.
With the majority of the UK’s 28.5 million residential buildings heated by gas boilers, tens of millions of people in the UK are potentially at risk from unsafe appliances.
The gas industry by numbers 2022:
- 28.5 million – residential buildings in the UK
- 85% – percentage of buildings that are currently heated by gas
- 58 million – British people potentially at risk from unsafe gas appliances
- 116 – deaths in 2020 from carbon monoxide poisoning (many more are affected and/or hospitalised)
- 130,000 – Gas Safe registered engineers in the UK
- 1.75 million – gas boilers sold in the UK in 2021
- 14% – increase in boiler sales from 2020 to 2021
Spread the gas safety message
Gas engineers are the customer facing arm of the heating sector and therefore have a critical role to play spreading the gas safety message.
Always showing your Gas Safe Register ID card, explaining what it means and why its important go a long way to protecting consumers from rogue traders and unsafe gas work.
Make sure your customers have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted and know the signs of CO poisoning, remind them to have their gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked once a year.
Protect your customers – take a look at our Gas Safety Awareness Courses
Get trained up for a thriving sector
Gas boiler sales have remained strong over the past few years, with 1.75 million units sold in the year up to April 2021.
The pandemic effect and the current cost-of-living crisis mean consumers are looking to make their homes as warm and cost-effective as possible, choosing new, high-efficiency boilers or making sure existing systems are working at their optimum.
There is a lot of work out there for engineers with the right skills! Did you know you could be trained from scratch to work as a Gas Safe registered engineer in a matter of months? Or maybe sooner if you have transferable skills from a related trade, such as kitchen fitting or plumbing.
And as renewable technologies, such as heat pumps, become a more prevalent part of the heating mix, gas engineers are perfectly placed to upskill.
Check out our New entrants Gas Courses for more information.