the right hands gas is safe, but poorly fitted and badly maintained gas
appliances or equipment can put you at risk of gas leaks, fires explosions and
carbon monoxide poisoning. The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas
engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas appliances. Gas Safe Register
can help you find a local Gas Safe registered engineer and tell you if they’re
qualified for the type work you need them to do. Call the free helpline on 0800
408 5500 or visit GasSafeRegister.co.uk
Check the ID card
Only an engineer on the Gas Safe Register should fit, fix or service gas appliances. It is important to check the identity of the gas engineer when they arrive to carry out gas work. All Gas Safe registered engineers carry a Gas Safe ID card; you may prefer to check this card for the person that you care for. All gas work is different, and the back of the ID card tells you if they’re registered for the specific job you need them to do.
Have regular servicing and maintenance
important that you encourage the person that you care for to get all their gas
appliances checked regularly. Get the gas boiler, gas fire and gas cooker
checked once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Annual maintenance not
only helps keep the heating and hot water working properly, it helps keep the
person you are responsible for safe.
Look out for signs of carbon monoxide
gas appliances can produce a highly poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO).
Carbon monoxide has no taste, colour or smell. It can make you feel seriously
ill and can kill quickly without warning. Look out for the following signs that
could indicate that a gas appliance is not working correctly and carbon
monoxide may be present in the house:
Does the person who you are caring for have any of these
headaches ● nausea ● dizziness ● breathlessness ● collapse ● loss of
consciousness Do they feel better when they leave the house? These are common
symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and it is best to get these symptoms
checked by a doctor.
Is the flame from the gas appliance yellow and lazy?
look at the gas flame, for example, whilst cooking. The flame should be crisp
and blue. A floppy yellow or orange flame may be a sign that the appliance is
not working correctly (except for fuel-effect fires that display this colour
Is there sooting or staining?
staining around an appliance (like a gas fire) is a sign that it may not be
working correctly and is producing carbon monoxide.
Is there a build up of condensation?
up of condensation in the room where there is a gas appliance is a sign that the appliance may not be working correctly and is producing carbon monoxide.
If you suspect an appliance may not be working correctly…
the appliance off and call a Gas Safe registered engineer to check the
appliance. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, seek medical help
immediately. If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, turn off the
gas at the meter, put out naked flames, open windows, do not operate any
electrical switches and immediately call the gas emergency
number for your area - Great Britain 0800 111 999 (available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year).
How else can you help?
there a carbon monoxide alarm in the property? If they don’t have a carbon
monoxide alarm, encourage them to buy one - available from DIY stores,
supermarkets, their energy suppliers or a Gas Safe engineer. Get an audible
alarm marked EN 50291 and the British Standards' Kitemark. Special carbon
monoxide alarms are available for the hard of hearing.
Are vents or chimneys blocked to stop draughts?
appliances need ventilation to work correctly and it is important that these
are not blocked to stop draughts.
Does the person you care for use the cooker to heat a
use gas appliances for their intended purpose. For example, it can be dangerous
to use a gas cooker as a form of heating. If you see the person you care for
using a cooker to heat a room you must turn the cooker off and open a window to
get some ventilation into the room.
Is the person you care for renting their home?
rental properties, the landlord is legally responsible for the maintenance of
the gas appliances that they provide, pipework and flues. They must also
arrange a gas safety check with a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer every
year and provide proof of this annual check by giving the tenant a copy of the
Landlord’s Gas Safety Record.
With over 15 Years' experience; Beales Services are Gas Safe registered heating engineers specialising in domestic gas, heating and plumbing. As Vaillant Advance Master Tech & Ideal Max Installers, members of Verified, Which? Trusted Traders, Checkatrade & Trustatrader, we are committed to providing exceptional service to our clients. Our family-run business operates throughout South Woodford, Wanstead, Woodford, Walthamstow, Leytonstone and Buckhurst Hill.