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What will you be doing for Gas Safety Week?

Tuesday 07 August 2018

We'll be getting behind Gas Safety Week again this year, which takes place from 17-23 September 2018, and we are encouraging all of our members to get involved too, to help raise awareness about the importance of gas safety.

But of course we are not the only ones getting involved - the eighth annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

This year, Gas Safe is changing their approach for Gas Safety week. They'll be addressing a whole range of gas safety matters throughout the week, from tackling illegal gas work to reminding people to avoid DIY when it comes to gas appliances and instead leave it the experts – registered engineers who are legally qualified to make sure your appliances are working safely and efficiently.

So to get you ready, Gas Safe Register have put together their top tips to help keep your customers, and their homes, safe:

  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
  • If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, you should call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
  • Never attempt to work on a gas appliance. Always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on gas cookers, boilers or fires in a safe way.
  • If you're employing the services of an engineer, always ask to see their Gas Safe ID card before work is commenced and make sure to check the back of the card too, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
  • Only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out. Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website or by calling on 0800 408 5500.

And the resources don't stop there...

By pledging your support to Gas Safety Week, you'll have access to their downloadable toolkit, which is full of handy materials that you can use to get the message out to your customers, and your staff too! Simply visit their website using the button below and click 'be part of it'.

A few simple, quick things you could do are: display advice from the toolkit in your offices, use your social media channels to promote daily messages, send out a mailer to your contacts with a safety pack attached or simply direct clients to the Gas Safety Week website for more information. But of course, you could get more adventurous or do something bespoke to your organisation too.  

If you're already supporting the campaign, see if you can spot your company name in the scrolling banner on the Gas Safety Week website! And don't forget to keep us in the loop and let us know what you've been doing to support the campaign. Tweet us at @naea_uk or drop us an email to ppm@propertymark.co.uk and include pics if possible! 

Gas Safety Week website