We’re supporting Gas Safety Week
Every year we take part in Gas Safety Week, pledging our support to the national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety. The campaign is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
We’ll be sharing hints, tips and advice with Livv customers throughout this week, and reinforcing the importance of allowing us access to complete annual gas safety inspections.
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 with no warning. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it.
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you’re taking care of your home and your loved ones.
Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe:
- 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 or call 0800 408 5500.
- Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. They are 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 signs that they’re not working properly. For example, 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’s carbon monoxide in your home.
- Keep vents and chimneys clear. Make sure you don’t block any vents, as they’re very important for making sure your gas appliances burn properly. Chimneys also need to be cleaned and checked regularly.
- Use gas appliances only for their intended purpose. Don’t be tempted to use them for something they weren’t meant for (e.g using a gas cooker to heat a room).
- Know the emergency procedure if you smell or suspect gas.
- Spread the word. Share important gas safety information with friends, family and neighbours to make sure your community stays safe.
To find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your local area, type your postcode or town name into the search bar on the Gas Safe Register homepage.