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Get "gas safe" this autumn

Published: Mon, 10 Sep 2012
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Only use a Gas Safe Registered engineer
Turn down the thermostat on your radiator
It’s Gas Safety Week (10 to 16 September) and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is reminding everyone to be ‘gas safe’ this winter.
If you are a Housing Executive tenant we will service your gas heating system regularly. But if you own your own home you should make sure all gas appliances are serviced by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Incorrectly installed or maintained heating and cooking appliances can result in the leakage of carbon monoxide – an invisible, odourless poison, which can cause ill health or even death. If you rent privately, your landlord should arrange this.

Check gas appliances

Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas-related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. As people begin to use their central heating systems this autumn, the chance of a carbon monoxide leak increases.
Checking appliances regularly for damage and having your boiler professionally serviced by a Gas Safe Registered engineer, just once a year, could significantly reduce the risk of leaks by detecting problems early.
September is the ideal time to do this, as you usually aren’t yet relying on your heating daily.

Tips for staying ‘gas safe’

Gas Safe Register provides the following tips to ensure you stay ‘gas safe’ this winter:
  • have your gas appliances safety checked every year. If you rent your home make sure your landlord arranges this
  • only use a Gas Safe Registered engineer to fit, fix or service gas appliances
  • ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card
  • lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones could be a sign your gas appliance is not working correctly
  • fit a carbon monoxide alarm - choose an audible alarm which will alert you if there is carbon monoxide (CO) in your home
  • if you smell gas, call the natural gas emergency number on 0800 002 001
  • Visit the Gas Safety week website