Gas Safety Week: Keeping the UK Safe

Fri, 10/09/2021
Author: V1 Technologies

Gas safety week is coordinated by the gas safe register, i.e., an organisation that ensures only gas safe registered engineers carry processes on people's gas boilers and other appliances. Safety is, of course, essential all year round. Gas safety week is here to remind you to take preventive measures to keep the home gas safe throughout the year.

Gas safety week is a great opportunity. Moreover, you can talk with the family about ways to keep your home gas safe. Introduction to your family about this topic is essential. Furthermore, Gas safety week runs from 13th to 19th September 2021.

Gas safety and its significance

For homeowners, carbon monoxide poses a severe risk. It may cause gas fires, explosions and potentially fatal poisoning if left unchecked. Therefore, homeowners and landlords need to get any gas appliances serviced.

Running such an essential maintenance help prevent gas boilers, heaters and cookers from causing explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning. Moreover, gas engineers help you keep appliances in good shape in working order.

Our experts recommend running out a yearly boiler service to keep yourself and your family safe against the risk of misfortunes. In case you leave any heating faults lying dormant, now is the perfect time to get them repaired with the help of gas engineers. Once the colder weather arrives, you have to rely on the boiler and heating.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless gas. It has no smell or taste; as a result, it can be dangerous. Also, it is pretty impossible to detect. Sadly every year, more than 50 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning. This gas is created when a gas appliance isn't burning fuel correctly. An appropriate detector may identify when there is a leak and warn you in time. Your gas engineer can help you install a carbon monoxide detector on any gas appliance.

How to know if the gas leak has occurred?

A boiler with a gas leak is likely to exhibit a few tell-tale signs

You may be able to smell gas. If you doubt a gas leak, you need to immediately turn off the gas supply, open all the windows and doors and get the family out. Remember not to do anything that could cause a spark, including turning switches on and off, no open flames, no smoking and no mobile phones.

Now, you need to check the flame in the boiler. Make sure it is blue, neither yellow nor orange. If it isn't blue, then it isn't burning the fuel properly. If you notice black stains, this signals a gas leak. In such a case, it's best to speak to a gas engineeras soon as possible.

Moreover, you may notice potential carbon monoxide poisoning in yourself or others.

Symptoms of poisoning

If it goes undetected, here's what our gas engineers have to say. "Most leaks in the house may start to make members feel unwell with flu-like symptoms". If you suspect a gas leak, it's best to get yourself and the family out of the property straight away. Some key symptoms include

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling dizzy and confused
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling tired

Ways to stay safe

This can all sound quite scary, but there are some simple steps to put in place to keep the home gas safe.

Get a detector

Make sure you possess a carbon monoxide detector to identify any leaks. Install it following the manufacturer's instructions and keep it close to the gas appliances. Make sure it has batteries in it that work. Help everyone locate the alarm, and it sounds like you are all aware if it does go off.

Boiler servicing

Remember to book an annual boiler service with gas engineers to keep the boiler in good working order. Moreover, if you're a member, you get the boiler services included with the price.

Keep gas meter clear

It's best not to have clutter around or block the gas meter so that it can be easily cut off in the event of an emergency

Work with gas safe registered engineers

Our gas engineers highly recommend not to move or repair any gas pipes yourself. Also, try not to knock them or cause them any damage as this could cause a leak. You can check the official site and ask engineers to show them for ID when they arrive.

Gas safety

Gas safety is a simple reason why it makes sense to maintain the boiler well. It enables you to work more effectively and efficiently, giving you better heat distribution and saving money. You should keep in mind that only registered safe gas engineers are authorised to work on gas appliances. This demonstrates they are qualified, experienced, and regularly tested on their skills. Moreover, customers can be delighted with the work.

Gas safety certificate

Gas engineers are eligible to prove gas safety inspection certification for domestic, commercial and industrial premises. Remember, all commercial gas safety inspection checks must be renewed annually, and the gas safety week is the best option for you.

Landlords and leaseholders of commercial premises must ensure that gas installation and appliances installed need to be serviced and checked annually. Moreover, it is a legal requirement for all businesses and commercial premises that services the public and employs staff.

When the gas engineers are on-site, they will automatically issue the correct commercial gas safety certificate. Moreover, the different types of commercial gas safety inspection include

The different types of commercial gas safety inspection are:

  • CP17 Commercial gas safety
  • CP15 Boiler plant room commissioning/serving report
  • CP 16 strength testing, tightness and purging
  • CP 42 commercial catering gas safety certificate for food establishment

Take Gas Safety Seriously

At Your Energy solutions, we have every one of our gas engineers, Gas Safe, registered. This means that you can experience the best service as our engineers have the essential qualifications and preparation to carry out any work on the boiler in line with the safety standard. Likewise, it is vital to ensure that anyone working on the system is a Gas safe registered.

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