Here at Walker Gas, we’re proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2018, taking place 17th – 23rd September. All our plumbing engineers – who service central Scotland, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee – are Gas Safe Registered and employed directly by us.
Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
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 that can kill quickly with no warning, as you cannot see it, taste it or smell it.
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.
Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants should make sure your landlord arranges this. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
Check your engineer is Gas Safe registered. You can find or check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
Check your engineer is qualified for the type of gas work you need doing e.g. natural gas, domestic boiler. You can find this information on the back of their Gas Safe ID card and the Gas Safe Register website.
Check for warning signs that your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow /orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance, a pilot light that keeps going out and too much condensation in the room.
Know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
For gas safety advice please contact us at Walker Gas. We provide emergency plumbing, heating and drainage services across Central Scotland. Email or call us on 0800 088 4567 at any time of day or night. We provide a 24/7 service 365 days a year and always aim to respond promptly.