September 19, 2018

Gas Safety Week 2018 – Six top tips for keeping safe and warm

Gas Safety Week 2018

Here at Vansdirect we’re getting behind Gas Safety Week 2018, running from 17-23 September, the event is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of gas appliances that have been poorly maintained. Vansdirect reveals six top tips for keeping safe and warm in our homes in line with Gas Safety Week 2018!

Gas Safety Week 2018

According to research by the Gas Safe Register, a third of UK adults (33 percent) are not aware of the signs of an unsafe gas appliance, this week they are aiming to raise awareness regarding the dangers of unsafe gas appliances, with industry support.

Unsafe gas appliances

Gas Safe Register investigated what warning signs people could identify from an unsafe gas appliance.

  • 33 percent recognised a lazy yellow flame
  • 32 percent recognised that the pilot light kept going out
  • 29 percent recognised that there were black marks or stains on or around the gas appliances
  • 12 percent recognised increased condensation inside windows

What steps are people taking to ensure their appliances are safe?

  • 17 percent of adults admitted that they take no steps at all to ensure that the gas appliances in their homes are safe
  • 47 percent stated that they have their gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • 38 percent have an audible carbon monoxide alarm
  • 29 percent know to check that their gas engineer is on the Gas Safe Register

Eighth annual Gas Safety Week

The most recent available statistics revealed by awareness campaign group Project SHOUT state that poisoning by carbon monoxide, which is colourless and odourless is responsible for around 50 deaths in the UK each year, whilst in excess of 500 cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning involving under 18s were reported last year. Gas Safe Register have warned against checking or working on gas appliances yourself or using an illegal gas fitter, they also revealed a staggering statistic that only 20 percent of people check an engineer’s ID card on arrival at their home.

Gas Safe Register have marked the eighth annual Gas Safety Week by creating a video demonstrating how carbon monoxide can be missed from hoe safety checks that people do to keep themselves and their families safe. Check out the video below.

The silent killer

Chief Executive of Gas Safe Register, Jonathan Samuel talked of the dangers of carbon monoxide:

“Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as the silent killer because you can’t see it, taste it or smell it. Our research shows that lots of people aren’t aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning or the potential warning signs that your gas appliance isn’t working safely. This Gas Safety Week we’re helping people find out more about how to keep their home’s gas safe and reminding everyone to not cut corners when it comes to getting their gas appliances checked on an annual basis.”

The registration body recommend that people get their gas appliance checked on an annual basis to ensure they are working efficiently and safely.

Six top tips for keeping safe and warm in our homes

Here are the top tips for staying safe and warm in our homes:

1. Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances

You can find and check a Gas engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk

2. Check both sides of the engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card

Ensure that the engineer is qualified to complete the work that needs doing, this can be found on the back of the card.

3. Have all your gas appliances regularly service and safety checked every year

If the house you are in is rented, then request a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.

4. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning

These are: Headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Gas appliances that are unsafe can put you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions!

5. Check gas appliances for warning signs that they may not be working properly

These may be lazy yellow flames as opposed to crisp blue ones, stains or black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

6. Fit a carbon monoxide alarm which is audible

This alarm quite simply will warn you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

Stay safe this Gas Safety Week and beyond!

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