Helping everyone stay gas safe
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 is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
Why is gas safety important?
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, your loved ones and even looking out for your local community. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and others safe.
How do RBH ensure gas safety?
At RBH we ensure gas safety in all our homes in the following ways:
- We keep gas pipework, appliances and flues supplied for you to use in good condition.
- We carry out an annual gas safety check in all our homes.
- You will be given a Gas Safety Record following a gas safety check or if you are a new tenant moving into a new home.
- Maintenance and annual gas safety checks are carried out by our qualified Gas Safe registered engineers.
- All our gas engineers carry an ID card and a Gas Safe Register card which tells you the work they are qualified to do.
- RBH homes are fitted with a carbon monoxide detector which is checked annually as part of your gas safety check.
What can you do?
- Allow RBH gas engineers access to your home to carry out an annual gas safety check.
- Make sure you check the ID and Gas Safe card when the engineer arrives at your home.
- Use a gas safe registered engineer to install your gas cooker. You can find a registered engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling 0800 408 5500.
- Check for warning signs that could indicate your gas appliances are not working correctly. Signs may include lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, error messages or unexpected noises from your boiler or dark and sooty stains around your gas appliance.
- Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse, and loss of consciousness.
- Get your own gas appliances safety checked annually. Your landlord is not responsible for gas appliances that you own, so you should arrange for these to be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
For gas safety advice and to find or check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at GasSafeRegister.co.uk.