Would you trust this tradesperson to work in your home?
If you’re having improvements or maintenance work done in your home, and would trust a tradesperson based on their first impressions you’re not alone. In fact, two in five people would trust a tradesperson based on the way they look, and nearly a third trust them based solely on their personality.
Gas Safe Register, the legal register for anyone working on gas appliances and the official registration body appointed by the Health and Safety Executive, is calling on homeowners to only trust a gas engineer in their home by ‘Trusting the Triangle’ and checking their ID card.
No Gas Safe Register ID? No deal
Gas Safe Register’s inspection data shows that letting an unregistered, and therefore illegal, gas engineer work on your house can have dangerous implications. In fact, 65% of gas jobs carried out by illegal fitters were unsafe, potentially putting homeowners at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, fires or explosions. A fifth of illegal gas work identified was so dangerous that appliances were disconnected immediately.
Spring safety advice
Now that spring is here, more than half of homeowners are planning on carrying out a ‘spring clean’. The top tasks carried out are; cleaning of windows, deep clean of the kitchen and bathroom, beginning to garden, and cleaning the carpets. What can you do this year to make your property safer as well as spick and span?
Currently, only 14% of homeowners surveyed are planning on booking in a gas safety check for their gas appliances. It is recommended that an annual gas safety check is carried out on all gas appliances to ensure that they are not posing a danger on your family? Make sure this check is ticked off every year by signing up for an email reminder here.
To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
1. Only employ a legal Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. 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
2. ‘Trust the Triangle’ and 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.
3. If you suspect that someone is an illegal fitter, please contact Gas Safe Register.
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