Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a Gas Safe Nation

Gasway are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2019, taking place 16th – 22nd September.

Gas Safety Week raises awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by the Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.  

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.

 

  • Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. 

 

  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered and qualified for the type of work you need doing. You can find this information on the Gas Safe Register website and on the back of the Gas Safe ID card. 

 

  • Check for warning signs that could indicate your appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.

 

  • There are six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.

 

  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm. Alarms should be marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.