Firefighters support Gas Safety Week
Tue 16 Sep, 2014
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Firefighters are supporting Gas Safety Week, which runs until Sunday 21 September, to raise awareness of the importance of having boilers and other appliances properly maintained and serviced.
It’s an annual initiative co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire.
Last year in the UK, 10 people died and 343 were injured as a result of gas-related incidents.
Neil Boustred, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “Making sure your gas appliances are safe to use could save your life. It is important that people to understand the risks posed by unsafe gas work.
“We are urging everyone who uses gas to ensure that their boilers and appliances are regularly serviced and maintained by a Gas Safe-registered engineer, and to be aware of the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Russell Kramer, Gas Safe Register's chief executive, said: “Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas-related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
"It’s great, therefore, that Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has pledged its support and is raising awareness of gas safety issues, helping to let the 23 million gas consumers in the UK know about the simple checks they can make to stay safe.”
Neil and Russell are asking everyone to follow this advice:
- Gas appliances should be safety-checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe-registered engineer. This includes your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire. Sign up at www.staygassafe.co.uk for a free reminder service.
- 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 the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, making sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work you require.
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Check you know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Check you have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.