Staying safe with gas
This week it’s Gas Safety Week, so in honour of the occasion we thought it would be timely to share with you the advice from the official campaign on how to stay safe with gas.
It’s easy to assume problems won’t happen to you, but there are plenty of stories of people who felt the same, and nearly came to harm. Like Jo who, the campaign reports, had been under the belief that she had been suffering from a virus for months before discovering that a loose flue was leaking carbon monoxide into her family’s home.
Follow the steps below, and you should be able to avoid problems.
- 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. Naturally, MA Heating is registered, so if you’re in our area, get in touch.
- 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.
This can easily be something you always mean to get around to, but keep putting off. Take the occasion of Gas Safety Week to be the time when you make it a priority to get sorted out. Keep yourself safe, and continue to enjoy the comfort of a well-heated home with peace of mind.