It's a Legal Requirement
Once a year we are legally obliged to carry out a gas safety test to make sure that the gas appliances in your home are safe.
During our gas safety inspection:
- We will safety check and service all your smoke alarms.
- Safety check and service and repair all our gas appliances and point out any faults on your own appliances such as your cooker.
- We will also check all solid fuel appliances, sweep and check associated chimneys and flue systems.
Appliances that are serviced regularly are less likely to break down. Just think about the inconvenience when your heating system breaks down unexpectedly...no heating and no hot water!
We will need gas and electricity to service your central heating. If you have prepayment meters, please make sure there is credit in them when we call. If we cannot service your central heating because there is no gas or electricity, we will have to turn the gas supply off temporarily for your own safety.
Top Tips to Stay Gas Safe
We rely on our gas boilers and ﬁres to keep warm, have hot baths and showers and our cookers to cook hot meals. It’s important that gas appliances are safety checked every year and regularly serviced to help keep us safe and prevent them from breaking down when we need them the most.
- Find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area or call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.
- Always ask to see an engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card and check the back of the card to ensure they are qualiﬁed to carry out the speciﬁc type of gas work you need.
- Have all your gas appliances, including boilers, gas cookers and gas ﬁres, safety checked every year.
- Our current contractor, PH Jones, will make an appointment to visit and carry out the checks for you. Please make sure you allow them access to carry out this important work or call them to rearrange the appointment.
- Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, ﬁres and explosions, recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow ﬂames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm for your home and make sure it is located near your gas appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance. Carbon monoxide can leak from appliances and kill.
- Only use gas appliances for their intended purpose e.g. don’t use a gas oven to heat a room or use a gas barbecue inside the house.
- Always 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