Autumn is fast approaching, much quicker than we would all like, so it might be time to start preparing for when your heating will be turned back on. Ensuring your family and home are safe from boiler breakdown or a faulty system is imperative, so follow this advice to make sure you’ve made the correct checks for peace of mind.
To mark Gas Safety Week (14–20 September), homeowners are being encouraged to have their gas appliances serviced before the weather begins to turn cold. It doesn’t matter if your boiler is brand new, or you just have a small gas fire on the wall of your living room, Gas Safe Register can give you some advice on how to keep your home safe through the winter and autumn seasons.
‘The last thing homeowners want to face this time of year is an appliance breaking down, or worse — a gas leak, fire, explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning,’ says Jonathan Samuel, chief executive at Gas Safe Register.
‘We are urging everyone to get all their gas appliances safety checked by a Gas Safe registered gas engineer, sooner rather than later. It will keep you and your family safe.’
Did you know?
- Having your gas appliances serviced every year will help keep them working safely and efficiently
- Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can produce deadly carbon monoxide
- A survey of gas engineers showed that most problems with gas appliances are caused by lack of annual servicing
Beware of the warning signs
A gas service doesn’t just have to be something you do once a year and there are a few warning signs that might appear if an appliance has a problem. If any of the following symptoms appears, you should arrange for a registered engineer to service your appliance as soon as possible:
- Your gas appliance is not working properly
- Your appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame
- You can see black marks or stains on or around your gas appliances
- The pilot light keeps going out
- There is increased condensation in the room
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