Gas safety week (14th to 20th September) is an annual campaign organised to raise awareness and highlight the importance of performing regular checks on gas appliances. The patron for the event is Gas Safe Register (the official list of gas engineers who can legally work on gas appliances).
This year we are celebrating 10th anniversary of the Gas Safety Week. Institutions and organisations across the country are working together to raise awareness of the risks that neglected gas appliances can bring. From gas leaks to fires to carbon monoxide poisoning, these can all result from poorly maintained gas appliances.
Since landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants, they must ensure all gas appliances are properly maintained and checked on an annual basis by a Gas Safe registered engineer. A Gas Safe Certificate must be provided to a tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
The Gas Safe Register recommends the following checks:
Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure your landlord arranges this.
Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Check 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.
Common Causes of a Gas Leak
Commonly, gas engineers source gas leaks to cookers or boilers. Moreover, the causes of leaks may vary but the most common ones are:
- Neglected appliances – appliances break with time, if they are not checked on a regular basis, they can be a source of a leak.
- Faulty appliances – if a device isn’t operating correctly, it can be a source of a leak; also:
- Incorrectly fitted appliances – if an appliance is fitted incorrectly it may leak gas; only arrange for qualified and registered engineers to install and fit gas appliances.
We specialise in gas, heating and plumbing. Please get in touch if you are looking for a Gas Safe engineer. We work with qualified and Gas Safe registered engineers only.