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Date: April 28, 2022

How to Stay Safe Around Gas

Have you considered how to stay safe around gas at home? It is possible to poison yourself with carbon monoxide from an unsafe gas appliance, but these risks can be reduced by being careful.  You are probably a landlord but still have questions about gas safety regulations.

You can ensure that your gas appliances are safe by following our gas safety tips, this includes your boiler, however other gas appliances such as your oven may be included. Your home will be safe and secure, so you will have no reason to worry. There are a range of methods in this article for ensuring that a home's gas supply is safe.

Also included are discussions regarding gas safety inspections and their importance, as well as crisis management measures.

Annual gas safety check ups are recommended

A gas inspection of your gas appliances should be done on an annual basis. Gas Safe engineers should perform this inspection. Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, it's your job to ensure these reviews are conducted annually. When conducting an inspection, your engineer will examine your gas piping system. Your engineer will also make sure there are no leaks in the system. It usually takes us twenty to thirty minutes to conduct a gas safety check.

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Get your Gas Safety Certificate

Landlords in the UK are required to obtain a gas safety certificate that certifies all gas appliances are safe to use. For peace of mind, obtaining a Gas Safe certificate will enable you to operate appliances in your home effectively. Gas safety certificates are what they sound like.

A Gas Safe registered engineer will give you this document once any gas work has been completed or repaired in your home. Your appliances must be up-to-date every year in order to be safe.  You must obtain a Gas Safety Report every year.

A gas safety ID card is a must-have for engineers

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It is very dangerous to allow someone who is not qualified to service your gas appliance. Our recommendation is to check your engineer's ID before they start working. Ensure that they are licensed and skilled to work on or repair gas appliances.

Gas Safe Register membership cards are only valid for engineers who are authorized to service domestic heating systems. 

Make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed

Carbon monoxide detectors are very important to have. We recommend that you keep a carbon monoxide alarm in your home if you have a boiler, stove, or fuel-burning fireplace. Proper ventilation and installation of your appliances will minimize the likelihood of a leak of this dangerous gas.

Install a sound-activated carbon monoxide alarm that is roughly 15 cm from the ceiling in your home so that you are always safe. Don't forget to check your batteries on a regular basis. As a result, if a carbon monoxide leak occurs, the household will become aware.

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Don't misuse gas appliances

Any experimentation involving gas appliances can be very dangerous. It is extremely important to only use gas appliances for the purpose for which they are designed. Using these appliances safely will cut down on unnecessary problems. Proper ventilation is vital for gas appliances. Gas appliances cannot burn properly if air vents are blocked, which can reduce the risk of fires and explosions.

Moving Home

Never assume that appliances are safe if you are moving into a new home. To ensure that these appliances are safe to use, we recommend you have an engineer check them before using them. The gas safety certificate belongs to the previous tenant/landlord if you are renting. An unintentional leak, fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide leak can occur from an unsafe gas appliance. Just make sure you have it checked before moving in by a qualified engineer.

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When an emergency occurs, you should know what to do

Now is the time to act! In an emergency, you must take immediate action by following these steps.

Be aware of the signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Make sure you recognize carbon monoxide poisoning signs so that you can protect your family and home. The information could be life-saving. As a clear, odourless gas, carbon monoxide is hazardous to inhale. A leak within your gas appliance could cause carbon monoxide poisoning, so understanding its symptoms may be useful. You should look for nausea, vomiting, seizures, and loss of consciousness as the main symptoms. Please contact your healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed to carbon monoxide.

Keep Your Appliances Under Control

Be on the lookout for warning signs of a problem with your heating system. If you're concerned about your appliance becoming unsafe, keep an eye out for leaks, cracks, clunking sounds, or sooty, black marks. An engineer registered with Gas Safe may need to check them. Ensure any external vents are not blocked by checking the outside of your home.

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In the event of smelling gas on your property, you should open all your windows and doors as a means of ventilation, shut off the gas valve. Step away from the building immediately and call 0800 111 999. Please follow the instructions given to you by your emergency adviser, awaiting until an engineer arrives.

A maintenance check for your boiler is highly recommended once a year. As a result, your boiler warranty will remain effective, as well as staying safe and efficient. Your technician will reach out when it's time to service your boiler. It is possible to book our service online without any hassle.

Get in touch today to speak to one of our experts by calling us on 01302 260930 or email info@danumplumbing.co.uk

 

John Plumber - Danum Plumbing & Heating
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