In support of Gas Safety Week (15-21 September), Gas Safe registered engineers from Circle Plus Ltd in Bishop’s Stortford, are helping to raise awareness of gas safety among local residents.
By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas. With a quarter of a million illegal gas jobs carried out every year by cowboys who do not have the skills or the qualifications to do the job safely, the public are being reminded, as part of Gas Safety Week, to check that the engineer they are using is registered – the only way to do this is to ask for the Gas Safe ID card and check which appliances they are qualified to work on.
Gas Safety Week also hopes to encourage residents to get their appliances safety checked at least once a year. You can sign up to a free reminder service at www.StayGasSafe.co.uk, and use the interactive gas map to see how many unsafe gas appliances are lurking in your area. If left unchecked, poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
In the last year alone, 343 people were injured and 10 people died as a result of gas related incidents.
Chris Baker, who is one of the Directors at Circle Plus Ltd said: “We regularly go out to homes and see unsafe appliances which either haven’t been serviced in years or have been worked on by illegal fitters. Worryingly for us, when we go to these homes, residents are often unaware of the danger that they and their family’s are in. For this reason, we’re pledging our support for Gas Safety Week and doing our bit to raise awareness of gas safety issues among the public in Hertfordshire and Essex so they know what steps they can take to keep themselves safe.”
Russell Krämer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s our engineers who are on the frontline dealing with dangerous or dodgy gas work on a daily basis. Every year however, far too many people suffer from preventable gas related accidents. It’s great therefore, that Circle Plus has pledged their support to Gas Safety Week. We want to encourage the public to only use Gas Safe registered engineers to fit, fix and service their gas appliances and to raise awareness of the importance of having an annual safety check.” Follow these simple checks to keep you and your family gas safe:
- Get your gas appliances safety checked at least once a year and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire. Sign up at www.staygassafe.co.uk for a free reminder service.
- Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
- Check the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, making sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work you require.
- Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm which will alert you if dangerous levels are present in your home.
- Check you know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
For more information and to find a local engineer in your area visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
For more information about Circle Plus Ltd contact
Robert Murphy, Operations Director at Circle Plus Ltd
Tel: 01376 529967