It’s been 10 years since the start of Gas Safety Week, from Gas Safe. Since the beginning we have been always very keen to promote this event period, which runs in mid September – appropriately timed for when most people start using their gas heating appliances as the cooler weather approaches.
Here are a number of benefits of visiting the Gas Safety Week website, to learn just a little more about gas safety.
How Safe is Your Area?
One great thing about Gas Safe and Gas Safety Week is the very useful online lookup, where you can find out how many unsafe gas appliances have been identified in your area. This can be a wakeup call for many, and helps you see just how safe (or unsafe!) your area is. You can use this lookup here:
Top 10 Tips to Stay Safe:
Gas Safety Week makes it very easy to learn top gas safety tips. Here is a brief overview of these points:
1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances.
2. Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card.
3. Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year.
4. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
5. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly.
6. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.
7. Keep vents and chimneys clear.
8. Use gas appliances only for their intended purpose.
9. Know the emergency procedure.
10. Spread the word.
You can learn more about these 10 essential points here.
The Ripple Effect:
This year Gas Safety Week launched a video called The Ripple Effect, which is a short animation about a normal residential area, on a normal evening, which suffers a catastrophic gas leak and explosion. This highlights the things, which if ignored can have terrible consequences.
Learn more about the Ripple Effect here.
Check a Business:
You can check if a business is registered with Gas Safe, which by law they must be to install/work on gas appliances. Making sure you only deal with a Gas Safe registered business could, put simply, save your life. Check a business here.
You can also check if an individual engineer is registered with Gas Safe here.
Understand the Gas Safe ID:
You should always ask to see an engineers Gas Safe ID before they work on your appliance. It’s not always clear what to look for, which is why this article has been produced. Learn more about Gas Safe ID here.