Get your appliances checked
When did you last have the gas appliances in your home checked? Gas appliances should be safety checked every year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. All gas appliances in your property need to be safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer annually and serviced according to manufacturer’s instructions. Any appliance left unchecked could leave you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s an extremely good idea to have your gas pipework inspected at the same time as having a gas safety check, every year – and it’s law if you’re a landlord.
Buying a new home?
There are so many things to think about when buying a new property that gas safety may not be top of the list. Make sure you know what to look out for and how to ensure your new home is safe. You can’t always be sure when the appliances and pipework in your new property were last serviced and checked. Your vendor should be able to provide you with a Gas Safety Record showing that a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer has checked the gas installation pipework and appliances. If they’re unable to do this, you’ll need to contact a registered engineer to carry out checks before you move in. The engineer should be able to complete a record and provide it to the vendor so they can pass it onto you when you move into the property.
I have a danger sticker on my appliance?
If an engineer has identified a gas related danger in your home, they’ll attach a Danger Do Not Use warning label to the dangerous gas fitting and provide you with a warning notice. Find out the meanings of these warning notices and what action you should take if you get one. f a registered engineer has identified a gas related danger in your home, they’ll attach a Danger Do Not Use warning label to the dangerous gas fitting and provide you with a warning notice. The warning notice will show a ‘defect category.’ There are two types of defect category: Immediately Dangerous (ID) & At Risk (AR)
Improving your home?
If you’re thinking about home improvement you may be tempted to save money and do it yourself. However, if you work on gas appliances without being qualified, you could be putting yours and others’ lives at risk.
Risks of unsafe gas appliances
Unsafe gas appliances can put your life in danger. Make sure you’re aware of the potentially dangerous consequences and the warning signs to look out for.