Raising awareness during Gas Safety Week

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We know it’s not quite up there in the excitement stakes compared to Christmas week, or a week on holiday but it is important to raise awareness of gas safety to keep you and your family safe so read on.

So what is Gas Safety Week?

Gas Safety Week happens every year, it highlights the importance of taking care of your gas appliances and also makes people more aware of gas safety. 

This year’s theme is around helping vulnerable friends and family members. Do you have an elderly neighbour or person in your community who you could help and support this week? 

Why should I be interested?

Sadly many house fires, explosions in homes or carbon monoxide poisoning can be caused by faulty gas appliances or not using them correctly. Ask yourself the following:

  • Would you know what to do it you smelt gas in your home?
  • Do you regularly check your carbon monoxide alarm to make sure it’s working?

No? Then follow out top tips to keep you safe:

  • Make sure you have an annual gas safety check. Call us now and book it in with us. Have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, why not help them too. Once booked in, please make sure we can access your home to carry out the checks
  • Your home has a carbon monoxide alarm fitted – test it regularly to make sure it’s working properly
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can kill. Be aware of the symptoms which can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse & loss of consciousness. Go straight to A & E if you think you have been exposed to high levels. More information about carbon monoxide-poisoning  
  • Look out for warning signs that a gas appliance isn’t working properly like lazy yellow flames, excessive condensation and black marks or stains. Gas appliances can still be unsafe without displaying these symptoms, so we’d recommend getting them checked every year
  • Don't cover or block any vents as they are there to make sure your gas appliances can work safely and efficiently
  • Leave it to the professionals. Don’t try and fix your own gas appliances, it’s a bad idea! Book a repair if you have anything that needs fixing. Our registered gas engineers will come out & fix it for you safely
  • We will let you know when your annual gas safety check is due but make sure you put it in your calendar so you don't miss us! If we call to arrange a safety check at your home please do let us in so we can carry out the servicing 
  • Only use gas appliances for what they are made for i.e stick to using a cooker to make your tea, not to heat a room.

Smell gas?? Gas often smells like rotten eggs or smelly socks. If you do smell gas:

  • Don’t be a bright spark – don’t flick any switches or create any flames. Turn off the cooker and having a cigarette or lighting a candle is a total no-no!
  • Ventilate the property - open windows and external doors immediately to allow the gas to disperse as quickly as possible
  • Turn gas off at the meter if safe to do so - not sure where the meter is? Then make it a priority to find out today. Call your gas supplier if you need help locating it
  • To switch off the gas, you turn the lever so it's at 90 degrees to the gas pipe, closing the valve
  • Evacuate - evacuate everyone immediately
  • Call for professional help - don’t attempt to sort the problem out yourself - call for suitably qualified help immediately. Phone the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.
  • Tell the neighbours, let your neighbours know if you think they may be affected by the leak – it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Wait for the all-clear - if you’ve evacuated the premises, don’t let anyone other than the gas engineer back into the property. Wait to be given the all-clear before going back inside.

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