Despite being a legal requirement, an estimated 4.28 million households ignore regular gas safety checks in their property*. Gas safe qualified heating engineer Darren Lunch of Lunch’s Gas shares his top tips for choosing an engineer and recognising a problem with your appliances.
1. Find a Gas Safe registered engineer
A Gas Safe engineer will carry an ID card with their licence number and the work they are qualified to do. Look for a serious attitude to their work; friendly engineer who is happy to answer questions about the job. Websites like RatedPeople.com offer directories of qualified, gas safe registered tradesmen.
2. Do regular gas checks
Gas appliances in the home should be serviced and checked once a year, or if you are moving to a new property it should be a priority. If any work is found dangerous, the engineer will follow the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP).
3. Choose the right service date
Book your service for the summer, when engineers won’t be busy fixing faulty winter heating.
4. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm
Carbon monoxide leaks are extremely dangerous, but as the gas has no taste or scent, it is difficult to detect. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm to alert you in the event of a leak.
5. Learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
It is important to remember the signs of a carbon monoxide leak, which can be potentially life threatening. Black sooty marks near the appliance itself is an immediate indictor. Physical symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Symptoms stop once you leave the house
* Survey by the Gas Safe Register