CO Advice

We’re fighting for a gas safe nation this Gas Safety Week

FireAngel is helping communities and families stay gas safe for Gas Safety Week 2021, taking place 13-19th September, with these 6 simple checks.

FireAngel is proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2021, taking place 13-19th September.

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’s coordinated 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 (CO) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly and without warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.

By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. To keep you and your family safe, follow these few simple 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. If you’re a tenant, make sure your landlord arranges this and set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.

Look out for your local community

You may have a friend, relative or neighbour who is unable to arrange their own gas safety check or are unaware of what they need to do to keep safe. Help them stay safe by ensuring that they have their appliances checked and serviced regularly.

Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered

You can find or check an engineer on the Gas Safe Register website. It’s also important to check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card or by calling 0800 408 5500.

Check for warning signs

Look out for clues that could indicate your (or others) appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.

Know the symptoms of CO poisoning

Take the time to research the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning which are often mistaken for the common cold, hangovers or Covid-19. These include headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea and in extreme cases collapse and loss of consciousness.

Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm

Protect your home with an audible carbon monoxide alarm and make sure your friends and relatives have one too. Check they are marked EN50291 and display the British Standards’ Kitemark.

For further gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.