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Gas Safety – Time to check your home?

Gas Safety Week starts 14th September 2020.

In it’s tenth year this annual event is an awareness campaign to get people thinking about and checking their gas appliances as the autumn starts to take hold.

So, when was the last time you had your gas appliances checked? If you can’t remember it may be time to act and get them checked by a qualified gas engineer.

While homeowners don’t legally need an annual gas safety certificate – landlords do as you cannot lawfully start a tenancy unless a gas safety check has been carried out and a certificate (sometimes called a landlord’s gas safety record) issued.

Gas Safety Week is a reminder to people of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances such as gas leaks, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning. All of which can kill.

To assist here are three simple steps you can do to keep you and your family gas safe.

  1. Have your gas appliances checked annually.
  2. Verify that any engineer you employ is Gas Safe registered (previously CORGI). Gas Safe engineers work to a set standard and are tested regularly.
  3. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and test it regularly – this is a potential lifesaver.

Still not convinced?, why not check out The Gas Safe Register website which shows all the dangerous gas appliances that have been found in your post code area.

Finally, demand for gas safety and heating engineers increases in October and November as boilers and heaters start firing up after the summer lull, so book your home’s appointment with a Gas Safe registered engineer in advance to avoid the rush and possible delays.

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