Gas Safety Week 2019 is here!
It's Gas Safety Week! Organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances - how are you taking part?
For our participation in Gas Safety Week 2019, we’re giving away a number of Carbon Monoxide monitors for you to fit in your home or office – more info on that below... Thousands of organisations have already signed up to be part of Gas Safety Week 2019. Find out what Gas Safety Week is all about below and what kind of activities supporters can get up to.
So, what is Gas Safety Week and why is it important?
Gas safety is important all year round, but it is not always a household’s top priority - Scott Darroch from the National Housing Federation has written a blog about it here. Gas Safety Week - coordinated by Gas Safe Register - provides a platform for the gas industry, consumer organisations and individuals to focus on gas safety in one week, generating interest in the media and having a greater impact among the public.
The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) hosted the Gas Safety Week 2019 launch in parliament last week (11th September), ahead of this weeks campaign.
Hosted by Barry Sheerman MP (Co-chair of the APPCOG), the launch saw the coming together of UK wide organisations, colleagues from across the gas industry and parliamentarians in support of promoting gas safety and warning against its related risks.
During this week everyone will be sharing their top tips for anyone who uses gas in their home and needs to be aware of the gas risks and how to keep safe.
Top tips this year include:
- Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk (check out the graphic below) or call 0800 408 5500.
- Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
- Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
- Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
- Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
For our participation in Gas Safety Week 2019 we’re giving away a number of Carbon Monoxide monitors for you to fit in your home or office – to enter, all you have to do is: a) follow our Facebook page and b) leave a comment below with the correct answers to the following three questions:
- What should you always check before letting a Gas Engineer work on your heating equipment?
- How often do landlords have to ensure safety and maintenance checks are carried out on gas appliances?
- Name three of the signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?