Gas Safety in your home

GAS SAFETY IN YOUR HOME

Understand the risks of gas – only use Gas Safe registered engineers

 

Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on gas appliances.  By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register.  It has replaced CORGI registration.

 

What are the gas safety risks?

 

Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause the following gas safety risks: gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Top tips for gas safety

  • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your gas appliances.
    All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe Register ID card, with their own unique licence number, showing the type of work they are qualified to do. View a short video to understand what you need to check on the card.
  • Get your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm.  
    An alarm will alert you to the presence of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, produced by unsafe gas appliances.
  • Make sure you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Ensure there is enough ventilation for your gas appliances to allow them to burn correctly and make sure you are not blocking any air vents that provide an air supply to the gas appliance.

 

In a gas emergency take the following safety steps:

 

  • Get fresh air immediately. Open all doors and windows to ventilate the room
  • Switch off the appliance and do not use it again until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • Turn off the gas supply at the mains
  • Call the National Gas Emergency number  for England, Scotland and Wales = 0800 111 999
  • If you are feeling ill visit your GP or the hospital immediately and tell them that your symptoms may be related to carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to check and fix the appliance.