Gas Safety Week — ‘No excuse’ approach needed to gas safety in our homes

 We all can be guilty of making excuses to get out of or put off doing things we know we should be doing, with avoiding household chores the top reason for excuse-making. 

New research from Gas Safe Register - the UK’s official registration body for gas engineers and gas businesses – highlights that one in three of us have used excuses to get out of having our home gas appliances safety checked, despite the majority saying we would never make excuses if our loved ones’ safety was at risk. 

Yet, the latest inspection figures from the safety body demonstrate just how real these risks are and why excuses aren’t worth making. 

Nearly 7 million homes in the UK – one in four – now house potentially dangerous gas appliances, including boilers, cookers and gas fires. If left unchecked, these faults can pose a threat to life from gas leaks, fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and explosions. 

Gas Safe Register is running Gas Safety Week, running from 13th - 19th September. This Gas Safety Week, they are urging all householders to get into the habit of booking an annual safety check with a registered engineer, and to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of unsafe gas appliances. 

To stay BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY this Gas Safety Week, visit their website

Top tips for being BETTER GAS SAFE THAN SORRY 

1. Learn the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness and teach them to others, including your neighbours. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. 

2. Check your and your neighbours’ gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black sooty marks or stains on or around the appliance and high levels of condensation in the room. 

3. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home. 

4. Have all your gas appliances safety checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer – sign up for a free reminder. 

5. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your gas appliances. You can find and check an engineer at or call 0800 408 5500. Check their Gas Safe Register ID card – look for the yellow triangle. 

6. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get some fresh air and leave the house as quickly as possible. See a doctor and if you are very unwell call 999 for an ambulance. The National Gas Emergency Helpline is also available 24/7 on 0800 111 999.

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