Gas Safety Week 2018 – Why Is It Important?

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week yet again this year as well as thousands of other Gas Engineers from across the country.

From the 17th -23rd September, The eighth annual Gas Safety Week will see gas engineers working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Gas Safety Week is important because it highlights the importance of carbon monoxide poisoning for home owners and raises awareness for gas wellbeing. Did you know that 25 people die because of CO poisoning in the UK every year? And thousands are victims of poisoning showing some of these symptoms:

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Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

At Barry Ward Ltd, we’re proud to be Gas Safe Registered and qualified for the works we undertake. We pride ourselves in our integrity and our belief that we deliver an extremely high quality of work for a competitive price, all whilst remaining completely gas safe.

According to the industry news provider HPV Mag; out of 2,000 UK adults taking part in their study, only one in five (19%) knew that you can’t tell if a gas appliance is leaking carbon monoxide compared to one in three (30%) who didn’t know, or thought you could see, taste or smell carbon monoxide.

These statistics demonstrate why Gas Safety Week is so important and why, as engineers, we should keep the momentum of gas safety at the forefront going all year round – not only for homeowners and landlords but for ourselves.

Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

To find out more about carbon monoxide alarms take a look at our previous blog.

If you’re a Gas Safe registered engineer, help remind customers they should:

  • Check their gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure the landlord arranges this. Encourage your customers to set a reminder so they don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
  • Check their engineer is Gas Safe registered. They can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check their engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work they need doing. They can find this information on the back of the card.
  • Check for warning signs their appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  • Check they know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Check they have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert them if there is carbon monoxide in their home.

Happy Gas Safety Week 2018 everybody!

 

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