Martin & Co are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2015, taking place 14th -20th September in conjunction with Heatfinders, a professional, Gas Safe registered heating and plumbing company.
Heatfindersspecialise in boiler servicing and repairs for both commercial and domestic customers in Brighton & Hove and throughout East and West Sussex and have kindly provided a guest blog post - aimed at both landlord and tenants - to raise awareness of gas safety issues and the legal obligations of landlords, to keep their tenants safe in their homes.
Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. In the last year, at least 68,000 homes in the UK escaped deadly gas incidents such as these, by engineers switching off dangerous appliances.
Heatfinders often come across unsafe gas appliances, which left unchecked, could be potentially fatal. Despite this, every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning. Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants and should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If you're a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:
- All appliances and flues provided for tenants use have an annual safety check. Set a reminder so you don't forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk.
- Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register. You can find and check an engineer at www.gassaferegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
- Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
- All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completion or to any new tenant before they move in.
- You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for two years
Heatfinders also recommend the installation of audible carbon monoxide alarms. This will alert your tenants if there is carbon monoxide in the property. For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.
At Martin and Co, we have a wealth of experience in working with landlords and are always here to provide advice.
For further information on Landlord requirements, including health and safety responsibilities, see our Landlord Checklist. Alternatively you can read a range of articles on the blog aimed at landlords here.
Disclaimer: Guest blog posts on the Martin and Co blog are written by external companies. Martin and Co does not endorse the products or services of these companies.