Gas Safety Week 180Fire Services are showing their support for Gas Safety Week by raising awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.

This fifth annual Gas Safety Week (14-20 Sept), organised by Gas Safe Register, sees the whole industry coming together to bring gas safety to the forefront of people’s minds. Dangerous gas work can kill, so it is vital that gas appliances are safety checked at least once a year. If left unchecked, poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Station Commander Alan Haley from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Many of us use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is important to get your gas appliances serviced once a year by a gas safe registered engineer.”

Twenty three million households in United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The organisers have urged users of the fuel to follow these simple checks to stay gas safe:
• Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home
• Get your gas appliances safety checked at least once a year and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions at www.staygassafe.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 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.

For more information or to find Gas Safe registered engineer visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk