We're proud to support Gas Safety Week 2023, happening from 11-17 September. This week is all about making sure you use your gas appliances safely. The Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers, is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters this week.
Taking care of your gas appliances is crucial. If they're not set up or maintained correctly, they can be dangerous. They might leak gas, cause fires, explode, or release a poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO). CO is especially dangerous because you can't see it, taste it, or smell it, but it can make you very sick or even be deadly. Gas Safety Week is all about helping you stay safe when using gas in your home.
Here are some simple steps to ensure your gas appliances are safe:
- Keep an eye out for signs that your gas appliances might not be working right. Look for flames that aren't blue, odd messages or sounds from your boiler, or dirty marks around the appliance.
- Learn the six main signs of carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches, dizziness, trouble breathing, feeling sick, passing out, and losing consciousness.
- Never try to fix or install gas appliances yourself or block any vents. Doing this could make things unsafe. If you're worried about an appliance, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
- Before hiring an engineer, make sure they're Gas Safe registered and qualified for the work you need. You can find this info on the Gas Safe Register website or on their Gas Safe ID card. A good engineer will show you their card without you having to ask.
- Always let us in for your annual gas safety check. It doesn't take long, and it's there to keep you, your home and your family safe.
- Check out our Help Hub for advice on gas safety, including what to do if you think you can smell gas.
Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website, click here to register.