‘Get your gas appliances checked every year’ is the safety message from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) this Gas Safety Week.
The nationwide campaign aims to raise awareness of gas safety and urges the public to keep themselves safe from dangerous gas appliances.
NFRS is joining the initiative in encouraging all gas users to make sure they have their appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer to protect against the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, such as fires, leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
NFRS spokesperson Tina Collett said:
With autumn on the way in, Gas Safety Week is a vital reminder of the importance of being proactive to protect yourself and your family.
We’re proud to be part of this initiative and encourage everyone who uses gas-powered appliances to get them checked so you can stay safe and warm in your home this winter.”
Don't take gas safety for granted
The importance of annual gas appliance checks is illustrated by the 21 deaths and more than 800 gas-related injuries that have occurred in the last three years.
When arranging a gas appliance check, householders should ensure their engineer is Gas Safe registered. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being registered is working illegally.
Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service this Gas Safety Week. By working together we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.
We know from our own investigations data that one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.”
Top tips for gas safety in the home:
- Sign up to a free annual gas safety check reminder service at www.staygassafe.co.uk
- Be aware of the signs that an unsafe gas appliance may cause. These include a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame; soot or staining on or around the appliance; excess condensation in the room
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO gas is known as the ‘silent killer’ as it has no smell, taste or colour. The symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness, which can easily be mistaken for something else
- ‘Trust the Triangle’ and always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe ID card and check it to make sure the engineer is qualified to check or fit the appliance in question
To find out about dangers in your area visit www.StayGasSafe.co.uk
To find a Gas Safe registered engineer call 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk.