Firefighters and staff at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week to raise awareness of how to avoid possible dangers in the home.
The eighth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
This year Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters throughout the week, from tackling illegal gas work to reminding people to avoid DIY when it comes to gas appliances and instead leave it the experts; registered engineers who are legally qualified to make sure appliances are working safely and efficiently.
Beware carbon monoxide poisoning
Lisa Bryan from NFRS said: “We are really keen to promote Gas Safety Week messages and to remind people that gas safety is linked to fire safety. If they are having work done to a gas appliance in the home, the best thing to do is select a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to complete the work.
“One consequence of a poorly functioning gas appliance is carbon monoxide, so making sure you are aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning is so important. The importance of gas safety should never be underestimated as, if this is neglected, the impact can be devastating.”
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help spread important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety.”
Keep up to date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following them on social media (Facebook, Twitter @GasSafeRegister and Instagram) and search #GSW18.
To help keep you and your family safe, follow these top tips:
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
- If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
- Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
- Don’t cut corners and always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
Only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website or by calling 0800 408 5500.