This Gas Safety Week (17-23 September) we’re sharing the tell-tale signs to look out for to make sure your home is gas safe.
You’re not alone if you wouldn’t know where to start when spotting the signs of an unsafe gas appliance. In fact one in three UK adults don’t know how to tell if their gas cooker, fire or boiler is not safe according to the latest research by Gas Safe Register – the official registration body for gas engineers.
So, what should you be looking for?
There are a few signs you can look out for which might mean that your gas appliance isn’t working correctly:
- Is the flame lazy and yellow instead of crisp and blue?
- Do you have excess condensation on the windows?
- Are there black marks or stains around the appliance?
Of course, gas appliances can still be unsafe without showing these signs and so the best way to protect yourself and your family is to get your gas appliances checked by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer every year.
How can you make sure that your home is gas safe?
Unsafe gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas Safe Register recommends a gas safety check every year so you can have peace of mind that your appliances are not only working safely, but that they’re working as well as they should be.
The other thing you can do to stay alert to whether your gas appliances are safe is to buy an audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. Always check the instructions when you fit the CO alarm as they can help make sure that you’re putting the alarm in the right place so it will work well. The alarm will sound if it detects carbon monoxide escaping from your gas appliance. As you can’t see, taste or smell poisonous carbon monoxide, an audible alarm is a good purchase.
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said: “We all do a number of things to keep our homes safe, from burglar and smoke alarms to childproofing. Getting your gas appliances safety checked annually should be on the list too. Only engineers you find on the Gas Safe Register are legally qualified to work on gas appliances so it’s important to check the website for gas engineers in your area before making a booking.”
Where can you find out more?
This Gas Safety Week, check out your local registered engineers on www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk and book a safety check for your gas appliances to know that your home is gas safe.