NAEA supports Gas safety Week

Wednesday 24 August 2016

We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2016, taking place 19 – 25 September.

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 co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.  

With 22 deaths and nearly 1,000 gas-related injuries in the last three years3, it’s 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.

As an estate agent, you're in a great position to signpost people who have just bought their first home or moved home to the best place to go for advice, especially if they are undertaking renovation work or an extension, when it's likely that they will also have work done on gas appliances and boilers. 

Just take a look at Rachel's story as an example of the perils of not using a Gas Safe registered engineer, and don't forget to direct your buyers to the Gas Safe Register website for more info. 

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to have the support of NAEA this Gas Safety Week. By working together we can reach more people and help to reduce the number of dangerous gas appliances that could be lurking in the homes of the UK’s 23 million gas consumers.  We know from our own investigations that around one in six gas appliances in the UK are unsafe, meaning far too many people are victims of preventable gas related incidents.”

"By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe."

GAS SAFE REGISTER

Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances. By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. It replaced CORGI.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions, and every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

Protect yourself from the dangers by following these simple steps:

• Trust the Triangle - only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your appliances

• Get your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year

• All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe Register ID card (shown below - click for larger version). Before any gas work is carried out always check the card and make sure the engineer is qualified for the work you need doing

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• Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm

• Know the six main signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness.

• Check for warning signs such as lazy yellow flames or black marks and stains around the appliance. This could be an indication that your appliance is not working correctly and you should get it checked.

• If you suspect anyone is carrying out gas work illegally, report them to Gas Safe Register.

If you have had gas work done in your property in the last six months, you can nominate it for a free gas safety inspection.

For more information and to find and check a Gas Safe registered engineer go to:

www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk

or call 0800 408 5500.

3 22 people died from gas related incidents in the UK in the last three years and 949 non-fatalities were reported (Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/tables/ridgas1.xls statistics 2012-15 (provisional))