Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
Protect yourself from the dangers by following these simple steps:
Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your appliances
Get your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year
Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm
Check for warning signs such as lazy yellow flames or black marks or stains around the appliance.
Know the six main signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Always ask for a Gas Safe registered engineer and always ask to see their ID card. For more information go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
or call 0800 408 5500.
Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. By law landlords must make sure:
pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition
that all appliances and flues that they provide for tenants use have an annual safety check
that maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register
all gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting
a gas safety record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in
they keep a copy of the gas safety record for two years
Landlords have responsibilities for gas safety. All gas appliances provided by the landlord must be correctly maintained and a gas safety check must be carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If you are a tenant always:
Ask for a copy of the landlord’s current gas safety record before you move in or after it was carried out.
Check the ID card of any gas engineer that comes to do work in your home. The engineer must be Gas Safe registered.
Check the engineer is qualified for the work you need doing, You can find this information on the back of the ID card.
Cooperate with your landlord and let a registered engineer in when a gas safety check or servicing has to be done.
Arrange for any gas appliances you own to be regularly serviced and safety checked every year.
Remember, if you think a gas appliance is faulty turn it off and let your landlord know immediately. Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. If you feel unwell seek medical help immediately.
For more information go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
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