Poorly maintained gas appliances can be extremely dangerous, and Gas Safety Week is all about letting you know what the dangers are and how to avoid them.
Use a Gas Safe registered engineer
Working on gas products requires special training and qualifications to make sure everything is put together correctly and in working order, so only engineers on the Gas Safe register should be working on your boiler or fireplace.
Don’t panic if you need some work done but don’t know a Gas Safe engineer or aren’t sure if yours is Gas Safe. You can use the Gas Safe register website to search for a qualified individual or company close to you, or check someone’s qualifications.
A Gas Safe registered engineer is also issued with an ID card which you can ask to see. This will have a number on that you can check on the Gas Safe register, as well as details on the back that outlines what they’re qualified to do.
Get your products serviced annually
One of the easiest ways to make sure all your gas products are working properly and safely is to have them serviced each year, as the engineer will look for any warning signs or fix any faults.
Getting your Ravenheat boiler serviced is easy enough. Just contact the original installer, search for a different installer on the Gas Safe register or give us a ring and we can organise someone from our team to come out to you.
Keep an eye out for the warning signs
Even if you have your gas appliances serviced, it’s always worth knowing what the warning signs are so you can look out for them.
Black marks or stains on or around the appliance, too much condensation in the room and lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones are all signs that something isn’t quite right. If you spot any of these, turn off your appliance and call a Gas Safe registered engineer immediately.
Get a carbon monoxide alarm
Unsafe gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires and explosions, but they can also leak carbon monoxide into your home. Carbon monoxide can be deadly, killing around 25 people each year in England and Wales. However, an alarm will let you know if there are any leaks so that you can get it sorted before it harms you.
It’s also worth being aware that breathlessness, collapse, dizziness, headaches, nausea and loss of consciousness are the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Gas Safety Week happens once a year to remind us all to keep our gas appliances in working order and to stay away from danger. But gas safety is important all year round, so if you have any concerns about your gas appliances, get in touch with a Gas Safe engineer.