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  • Winter Gas Safety Tips

    We all rely on our gas appliances to help us warm and stay cosy during winter,

    but gas safety is equally important during the winter months.

    Poor boiler maintenance and irregular servicing can increase the chances of gas leaks,

    fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

    For some reason, we tend to forget about gas safety,

    how many times have you said to yourself that you can smell gas but never done anything about it,

    or your fire is burning with a yellow flame and producing soot on the firebrick,

    the boiler is making funny noises?

    So take a look at the information and useful tips in the following 

    article and make sure you stay gas safe all year round.

    Top tips for staying gas safe

    By taking care of your gas appliances,

    you’ll be protecting your home and family.

    Here are our top tips for staying gas safe this winter.

    • Have the boiler serviced and checked over
    • Make sure your boiler’s serviced regularly,
    • as poorly maintained gas appliances can result in health problems.
    • Always make sure you only use a Gas Safe Register engineer or company,
    • and not joe blogs from down the road because he can do it cheaper.
    • If you use someone who is not
    • Gas Safe, you are breaking the law and most important of all you are putting your safety at risk.
    • Ensure that only approved gas safe engineers carry out any maintenance work on your gas appliances.
    • By law, all gas engineers must be listed on the Gas Safe Register.
    • Install a carbon monoxide alarm
    • You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide but nevertheless,
    • it’s a highly poisonous gas which is produced when a gas appliance
    • has been poorly fitted and maintained. To stay safe, install a
    • carbon monoxide alarm near to your gas appliances.
    • If you suspect that there’s a gas leak in your home turn the gas off at the gas meter and contact Transco or a
    • gas safe engineer.
    • Open all windows, do not turn any lights on or anything electrical.
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Find out more about carbon monoxide and learn how to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    What is carbon monoxide?

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous substance which results from the

    incomplete burning of gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). This harmful gas can be produced when a gas appliance has been fitted incorrectly, badly repaired or poorly maintained. It’s important to be aware of the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, as it can kill quickly and with little warning.
    Know the symptoms
    It can be difficult to identify the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, as they’re common symptoms of many illnesses. The six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Breathlessness
    • Collapse
    • Loss of consciousness

    What to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
    If you suspect that you or a member of your family are 

    experiencing any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning,

    it’s important to seek professional help straight away.

    Visit your doctor or your local hospital and explain the situation.

    Next, get all of your gas appliances checked by an engineer on the

    Gas Safe Register before using them again.

    The Gas Safe Register
    Find out more about the Gas Safe Register and how it can help you stay gas safe in your home.

    What is the Gas Safe Register?
    On 1st April 2009, the Gas Safe Register replaced Corgi as the official gas

    registration body for the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey.
    What does the Gas Safe Register do?

    Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on gas appliances,

    such as boilers, cookers and gas fires. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register.

    The main focus of the Gas Safe Register is to promote

    gas safety awareness and ensure that all listed engineers are qualified to work with gas appliances.
    How the Gas Safe Register can help you
    By choosing an engineer who’s on the Gas Safe Register,

    you can be confident that any gas work in your home is carried out safely and legally.

    You can find out if your engineer is registered by visiting the Gas Safe Register website.

    When an engineer arrives at your home, always ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card before admitting them to your home.

    The reverse side of the card will tell you which types of gas work they’re qualified to carry out.

    To find out more about gas safety in your home, just enter your details in the box below and request a callback.