6 Top Tips to Stay Gas Safe

Just like we do every year at Gregor, we’re supporting Gas Safety Week 2016 (19th – 25th September.)

Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances in your homes. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas appliances, which includes all our engineers at Gregor.

Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

By taking care of your gas appliances, including your boiler, properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones.

Here’s our top 6 tips to stay gas safe:

1. Check your gas appliances every year. Gas appliances including gas boilers should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This is important to ensure its warranty is maintained. For further information please visit our servicing and maintenance page.

2. Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. All our engineers at Gregor Heating are Gas Safe Registered so you can be rest assured you’ll be safe with us!

3. Check your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Engineers working in gas appliances should carry their gas safe ID, so you can always ask to see the ID card to make sure your engineer is qualified for the specific work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.

4. Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly. e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

5. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness and be aware of these, if you are worried you or your family are being affected seek help quickly.

6. Have an audible carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in every room that contains a fuel burning appliance and should be installed at a horizontal distance of between 1 and 3m from the potential source. They cost as little as £15 and they’re easy to install.

For more tips around gas safety, visit the Gas Safety Week website. If you have any concerns about your gas boiler or would like to book an annual boiler service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Gregor team on 0117 935 2400.