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Gas Safety Week - 1925 September 2016

21 September 2016

The CWU is supporting Gas Safety Week 2016.

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Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is coordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.

The week aims to raise awareness amongst householders and landlords, about the importance of having their gas appliances serviced on an annual basis.5000 organisation across the UK signed-up last year pledging to work together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained Gas Appliances. Unsafe gas appliances can put lives at risk from gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO2) poisoning.

With 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years, its vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year, by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Anyone working on gas appliances while not being Gas Safe registered is working illegally.

  • Check your gas safe appliances every year: Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered: Agents, landlords and tenants can find and check an engineer at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check your engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card: Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

Danger of Un-registered Gas Fitters

In the UK, 21 million households use gas for heating, hot water and cooking. There are approximately 7,500 unregistered gas fitters actively working in the UK today with 250,000 illegal gas jobs done every year by unregistered gas fitters. Badly-fitted and poorly-serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, explosions, fires, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Dangerous gas work can kill and 22 people have died and 1000 have been injured in the last three years through Carbon monoxide poisoning and other incidents. Carbon monoxide symptoms can be mistaken for flu, food poisoning, viral infections and tiredness.A carbon monoxide alarm costs around 15 to 20 - every home should have CO Alarms and Smoke Alarms - but they are not a substitute for regular servicing.

The 'Gas Safe Register'

The 'Gas Safe Register' is the Government approved registration scheme for gas engineers in the UK, Isle of Man, and Guernsey.

'Gas Safe Register' replaced the 'CORGI' gas registration scheme as of April 9, 2009. Corgi ID cards are no longer valid. You can check card ID details instantly online. Only 'Gas Safe Register' registered engineers can work on gas and fit, fix and service boilers, gas fires and most types of gas cookers in your home - its the law.

There are more than 120,000 Gas Safe Registered engineers. There are more than 60,000 Gas Safe Registered businesses. All gas appliances need regular servicing and a gas safety check every year (or in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions). All landlords and housing associations are legally obliged to ensure that all gas appliances and related pipes and flues within their rental properties are checked every 12 months for safety. They must issue a copy of the certificate to the tenant within 28 days of the test and give a copy to any new tenants moving in.

Not all gas engineers can work on all gas appliances. Gas Safe Registered engineers carry an ID card that shows the type of gas work they are legally registered and qualified to do e.g. cooker, boilers, gas fires etc.

Dangerous DIY

One in three people would fit a gas appliance themselves to save money. This is extremely risky and dangerous.