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We're all over Gas Safety Week, are you?

Monday 03 September 2018

NAEA Propertymark are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2018, which is taking place between 17 – 23 September 2018.

Currently in it's eighth year, Gas Safety Week is an annual event that sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances are one of the biggest causes of gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO2) poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it. It is common for people to mistake the symptoms of CO poisoning – headaches, nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, collapse, and loss of consciousness – with the flu, food poisoning or fatigue.

Estate agents and letting agents have a direct route to gas consumers and can offer potentially lifesaving advice, whether encouraging tenants to know what their legal rights are when it comes to gas safety, or making homeowners aware of the importance of having their gas appliances checked by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.

Show your support for Gas Safety Week by joining thousands of others who have pledged support at GasSafetyWeek.co.uk. Once you’ve registered you will receive a free toolkit of materials to help you get started, including web banners, articles, pre-written social media updates, images and much more.

Jonathan Samuel, Chief Executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week to help spread important gas safety advice. Although gas safety is important 365 days a year, by focusing our communications in one week we are more likely to reach a wider audience and have a greater impact.”

How to get involved

If you’re stuck for ideas of how you can get involved, take a look at last year’s roundup of what went on. Activities run by estate and letting agents included internal communications informing their own employees of how to stay safe at home, free CO alarm giveaways, videos for tenants emphasising the importance of allowing access for vital gas safety checks, and tons of top tips on social media.

This year, Gas Safety Week will be focusing on a different theme each day – Monday will see Doug's top tips to keeping appliances safe and Friday will focus on the everyday gas safety hero's. Don't forget to follow @GasSafetyWeek and @GasSafeRegister on Twitter for all the latest updates and use #GSW18 to share you stories.